The Woman Behind the New Deal

The Woman Behind the New Deal

The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage

Book - 2010 | 1st Anchor books ed
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Frances Perkins is no longer a household name, yet she was one of the most influential women of the twentieth century. Frances Perkins was named Secretary of Labor by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. As the first female cabinet secretary, at the height of the Great Depression, she spearheaded the fight to improve the lives of America's working people while juggling her own family responsibilities. Perkins's ideas became the cornerstones of the most important social welfare legislation in the nation's history, including unemployment compensation, child labor laws, the forty-hour work week, and Social Security. Also, as head of the Immigration Service, she fought to bring European refugees to safety. Based on eight years of research, extensive archival materials, new documents, and exclusive access to family and friends, this is the first complete portrait of a devoted public servant with a passionate personal life, a mother who changed the landscape of American business and society.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2010
Edition: 1st Anchor books ed
ISBN: 9781400078561
Characteristics: xiii, 458 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm


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JEN3641 Jul 22, 2012

If you enjoy reading about The New Deal you will like this but it can be tedious.

Salander Dec 27, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this chronicle of bio/history about the New Deal. This should become required reading in college history classes so the misconceptions about that time can be clarified. So many people who draw on the benefits she put in place have never heard the name Frances Perkins but they all know of FDR.
Excellent job Ms. Downey!


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