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Franklin D. and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Artist
Unidentified Artist
Sitter
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, 11 Oct 1884 - 7 Nov 1962
Date
c. 1940
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 16.8 x 21.8cm (6 5/8 x 8 9/16")
Sheet: 17.9 × 23.3cm (7 1/16 × 9 3/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
S/NPG.78.156
Exhibition Label
Born Hyde Park, New York
Eleanor Roosevelt 1884–1962
Born New York City
This 1940 news photograph shows Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor at an unidentified event. Roosevelt’s mentor in politics was New York governor Al Smith, whom he dubbed “the happy warrior,” and Roosevelt shared Smith’s love of campaigning. After surviving polio, Roosevelt was determined not to let his paralysis limit him; indeed, the disease instilled in him the drive to make his life count in the public arena. In 1940 he was finishing his second presidential term, and his domestic agenda—the New Deal—was largely completed. Roosevelt was now turning his attention to foreign policy and navigating America’s response to the outbreak of war in Europe. The severity of the international situation would cause him to break with precedent and seek reelection for a third term in 1941.
Nacido en Hyde Park, New York
Eleanor Roosevelt 1884–1962
Nacida en la ciudad de New York
Esta foto de prensa data de 1940 y en ella aparecen Franklin Roosevelt y su esposa Eleanor en un evento no identificado. El mentor político de Roosevelt era el gobernador de New York, Al Smith, a quien apodaba “el guerrero feliz” y cuyo gusto por las campañas políticas compartía. Habiendo sobrevivido a la polio, Roosevelt estaba decidido a no dejarse limitar por su parálisis; de hecho, la enfermedad le infundió la ambición de tener un impacto significativo en el terreno público. En 1940 se encontraba al final de su segundo mandato presidencial, y su agenda nacional (el Nuevo Trato) estaba prácticamente completada. Ahora dirigía su atención hacia la política exterior y la reacción que debía presentar Estados Unidos ante la guerra que había estallado en Europa. La grave situación internacional del momento lo llevaría a romper precedentes y postularse para un tercer término en 1941.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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