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Hope and HistoryA Memoir of Tumultuous Times$
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William vanden Heuvel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501738173

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501738173.001.0001

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Growing Up in the Age of Roosevelt

Growing Up in the Age of Roosevelt

(p.3) 1 Growing Up in the Age of Roosevelt
Hope and History

William vanden Heuvel

Cornell University Press

This chapter tells the story of Ambassador vanden Heuvel's boyhood and family life in Rochester, New York. The son of immigrants, he grew up in the boarding house run by his Belgian mother, Alberta. His Dutch father, Joost, was a labourer in a local factory. He describes the vibrant life of his close family and immigrant neighbourhood in the years before World War II. A precocious personality, he showed a passion for politics at a young age, handing out fliers for FDR and meeting Eleanor Roosevelt. He excelled in school, graduating high school at 15 and gaining a place at Deep Springs College in California. From there he enrolled at Cornell University and Cornell Law School, where he was editor of the Law Review. Upon graduation, he joined the law firm of General William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan and enlisted in the Air Force as the Korean War was in full force.

Keywords:   immigrants, World War II, Rochester, New York, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Deep Springs College, Cornell University, Cornell Law School

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