American Presidents

American Presidents: Life Portrait Exhibit
9-12 Grade Student Activity

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Meet the 31st president!
President Roosevelt told the American people in his inauguration address, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." What does this statement mean in its historical context?

Look closer!
Look at the picture of Eleanor and Franklin surrounded by their thirteen grandchildren. What might their specific fears have been? Can you think of a time when events in the news caused you to be afraid? How can the president or other leaders help us to overcome our fears?

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