The Roosevelt’s Project Franklin D. Roosevelt ushered in a new era of government that actively pushed through legislation to directly help troubled Americans. His wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, changed the function of the first lady by taking an active role in the political issues of the day. Research one of the innovative Roosevelt’s and write a biography about his or her life and how he or she helped change the United States. Explain how his or her actions were different from those of past presidents or first ladies. What were the opinions of Americans regarding your chosen Roosevelt? Research Links Portrait of a First Lady The White House offers this brief biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt Explore this overview of Eleanor Roosevelt's life. The site is maintained by her museum and includes photos, a slideshow, and a collection of her belongings. Fireside Chats with FDR Review the complete catalog of FDR's fireside chats. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: A Biography Read a biography of FDR.