Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Wordless 48: You Tell Me the Story

One of the ways you motivate students in the classroom is to surprise them every now and then. The focus is “expect the unexpected”.

This week’s image should be familiar to most …..at least the identification of who is in the portrait. However, instead of me telling you the story later why don’t you leave ME a tidbit of knowledge in the comments.

Not too much now…..others will want to share as well and no cut and paste. :)

So, educate me. What can you tell me about this man?

Last week's explanation has not been posted yet, but it will soon.

You find other wordless images here.

20 comments:

pips said...

Happy WW and have a nice day! :-)

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Actually I can't. I haven't a clue who this is or what wonderful things he has done. Have a great WW. :)

elementary historyteacher said...

That's ok Sandee. Check back later.

Sandy Carlson said...

Good ol' FDR....I know his CCC projects got many a park built around here and there are murals in CT town halls that were done by people on his make-work programs. I'm glad for it!

Snowbird said...

Wow, I remember when he died. The picture in Life Magazine was amazing. I also remember his dog, Fala.

EHT said...

Great facts! C'mon....keep it coming.

Open another window if you have to and find a fact through Google. It only takes a minute. Show those research skills!

Laurel Wreath said...

The only one to serve more than two terms.... great WW.

crazy working mom said...

He was the 32nd president and created the Social Security System.

:)

Roger said...

Your going to have to give me a "F" sorry I knew it was FDR though but not much else. Good WW to you!

griftdrift said...

I remember a single lightbulb swinging in the kitchen of my Uncle Paul's house. It was many years after the TVA and EMCs brought electric power to all ends of the south. But even years later with light glowing under shades all through my ancestral home, the one bare bulb hanging by a string remained. And in the corner, just above the electric stove was a picture of Mr. Roosevelt.

The Tour Marm said...

This was the portrait being painted by Elizabeth Shoumatoff at the time of FDR's death at Warm Springs, GEORGIA.

http://fdrheritage.org/shoumatoff.htm

Casey said...

32nd president FDR of WWII.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Well, now I know, but it still doesn't look like him to me. You would never guess I graduated from college huh? :)

EHT said...

Sandee, I'm glad you checked back. I'm going to be writing something about the portrait soon.

Roger, you would not get an "F" for something I hadn't taught you yet....guesses are free.

GriftDrift, I attempted to comment here two or three times yesterday but blogger was having an issue. I wanted to say you hit the nail on the head. Older Georgians greatly respect FDR for what he did in our state. All of my grandparents and their brothers and sisters all have that same single light bulb somewhere in their homes even today. I always thought was sort of wierd in that I was so citified, but it was a kind of badge of honor, wasn't it?

Many of our older folks in this state are very conservative yet they continue to vote Democrat....it's mainly due to the Roosevelt era.

The Tour Marm said...

My grandfather was from Brooklyn and involved with Democratic politics in New York City. We have a photo of him with FDR as the President signed a bill - although I have no idea which one.

My grandfather was instrumental in sending several Brooklyn kids affected with Polio to Warm Springs Georgiaa and my mother is still in touch with one of those children.

teachergirl said...

He went to Harvard and married his cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt, who was the niece of Theodore Roosevelt. He was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1910 by Woodrow Wilson. Many southern connections (if you count Teddy's mother's Georgia connection). FDR pulled us out of a mountain of trouble from the Depression to World War II.

Andrée said...

I visited Hyde Park once and fell in love with him all over again. He had property in Maine and would swim there until struck with polio.

EHT said...

Tour Marm, Warm Springs is such a neat place. My cousin had polio and she spent time there. Keep that picture of FDR and you grandfather in a safe place!

Hey Teachergirl....right on with your factoids concerning FDR. I wrote about President Teddy's mother and the Georgia connection sometime back....the posts were at Georgia on My Mind and American Presidents. I really enjoyed researching those.

Hi Andree....I'd love to visit Hyde Park. I've never been above the Mason-Dixon line. Hard to believe, I know, but it's true.

The Tour Marm said...

Your comment about the older folks gave me pause to smile; both sides of my family became Republicans (including my grandfather) as a result of President Roosevelt's policies! To this day, surviving relatives view him with disdain.

His programs i.e. Social Security are still controversial.

I interpret the FDR memorial in Washington for students but give a far more optimistic (and charitable) view of him, his policies, and his wife than any member of my family.

However, I still cringe at his reluctance to believe the stories concerning the plight of the Jews in Germany and Europe, as well as Executive Order # 9066 which deprived Americans of Japanese descent their civil rights.

EHT said...

Seems like just the opposite happened here in Georgia, Tour Marm. FDR was shocked when he visited Warm Springs for the first time and saw how Georgians, black and white, were living. It was third world status in many places. His programs really helped bring the rural south along...