FDR's First Inaugural Address, The Fog of Fear: Alan Axelrod's Interpretations

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a very interesting life. He was the 32nd President of the United States. He was born on January 30, 1882 in Hudson Valley of New York. His parents were James Roosevelt and Sara Ann Delano. Surprisingly his parents were sixth cousins. He went to Harvard College and was part of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He then married Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, his fifth cousin. Together they had six children. Anna, James, Franklin, who died less than a year after he was born, Elliot, Franklin Delano Junior, and John. Eleanor moved out of the White House after there were many rumors about affairs he had had. She didn’t even come back to help him out when he had such poor health. In Alan Axelrod’s interpretation of …show more content…
Getting a disease can be a scary time. It would be hard always having the thought in the back of your mind that you could die. If Franklin D. Roosevelt would have given into the fear of dying, would he have? Life or death situations often come down to your mentality. If one thinks they are going to die, there is a good chance they will. If they have confidence in living and stay strong without fear, there is a good chance that person will live. The second valid point Alan Axelrod makes in his interpretation of Roosevelt’s First Inaugural address is to be interested rather than scared. In the study, it states that Roosevelt asked the people to “confront what they feared, so that they could see clearly what needed to be done and thereby overcome the terror that paralyzes. Fear can be very intimidating. If you let it get to you, it can tear you down. You have to look fear in the eye and let it know you aren’t afraid. When something new comes along, be confident. Put your energy and faith into it. Don’t let the anxiety get to you. The third valid point Alan Axelrod makes in his interpretation of Roosevelt’s First Inaugural address is to lift the fog and get through a situation rather than let it overwhelm you. It talks about Roosevelt and states that, “the fog was lifted and the

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