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Eleanor Roosevelt
Song for Teaching about Eleanor Roosevelt
Jonathan Sprout


This song is available on Jonathan Sprout's More American Heroes
.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884-1962), shy and insecure as a child, emerged as a public figure when her husband, Franklin Roosevelt was elected president of the United States in 1932. She brought her great compassion and concern to the world’s neediest people. As United States representative to the United Nations, Eleanor Roosevelt helped create the Universal Declarationof Human Rights and became a champion of equal rights for minorities. The most active and influential -- and sometimes controversial -- of all US presidents’ wives, Eleanor Roosevelt became so respected and admired, she was often called “First Lady of the World.”

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -- Eleanor Roosevelt

A child of misfortune,
Had her share of tears.
And losing both her parents.....

So when this shy and simple lady
Became the President’s wife,
She found that helping other people.....

Casual and friendly
With a heart of gold,
She brought her warm compassion
To the lonely and the cold.

Champion of the needy.
Strength in every word,
She became the voice of others.....

REFRAIN:
And Eleanor always took a stand
For the hungry and the homeless all across the land.
Oh Eleanor, it was not the life you planned,
But you knew it made you happy to lend a helping hand.

A most admired woman,
She was “Eleanor Everywhere.”.....

She went all around the world
Not afraid to fight
For the cause of every human,....

REFRAIN

Though she had her share of broken dreams,
Mrs. Roosevelt would live
Defending simple human rights
With a heart that had to give.

REFRAIN

 

 

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