SAT® Subject Test in U.S. History

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Eleanor Roosevelt and the Role of the First Lady


Eleanor Roosevelt revolutionized the role of The First Lady during her twelve years in the White House.

In what way did Mrs. Roosevelt accomplish this?


She worked side by side with her husband, the President, in the formation of his New Deal policies.


She began the tradition of hosting the annual White House Thanksgiving dinner for poor families of the Washington D.C. area.


She consulted with those "forgotten Americans" like minorities and women, bringing their concerns back to the President for consideration.


She opened the White House to the visiting public which has remained as a tradition to this day.


She travelled extensively outside of the United States serving as the President' "good will ambassador".