Woman Behind the New Deal The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience

ISBN-10: 0385513658
ISBN-13: 9780385513654
Edition: 2009
Authors: Kirstin Downey
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Description: Frances Perkins was named Secretary of Labor by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. Over the next twelve years, she spearheaded the fight to improve the lives of America's working people. Perkins's ideas became the cornerstones of the most important social  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/3/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

Frances Perkins was named Secretary of Labor by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933. Over the next twelve years, she spearheaded the fight to improve the lives of America's working people. Perkins's ideas became the cornerstones of the most important social welfare legislation in the nation's history, including unemployment compensation, child labor laws, and the forty-hour workweek. Arriving in Washington at the height of the Great Depression, Perkins pushed for massive public works projects that created millions of jobs for unemployed workers. She breathed life back into the nation's labor movement, boosting living standards across the country. As head of the Immigration Service, she bent rules to bring European refugees to safety in the United States. Her greatest triumph, and her most controversial legacy, was creating Social Security. Written with a wit that echoes Frances Perkins's own, award-winning journalist Kirstin Downey draws on new documents, extensive archival materials, and exclusive access to Perkins's family members and friends, and gives us not only a riveting look at one of the most influential women of the twentieth century but also shows how and why she slipped into historical oblivion.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Childhood and Youth
Becoming Frances Perkins
The Young Activist Hits New York
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Finding Allies in Tammany Hall
Teddy Roosevelt and Frances Perkins
A Good Match
Married Life
Motherhood
The Indomitable Al Smith
FDR and Al Smith
With the Roosevelts in Albany
FDR Becomes President
Frances Becomes secretary of Labor
The Pioneer
Skeletons in the Labor Department Closet
Jump-Starting the Economy
At Home with Mary Harriman
Blue Eagle: A First Try at "Civilizing Capitalism"
Refugees and Regulations
Rebuilding the House of Labor
Labor Shakes Off Its Slumber
The Union Movement Revitalizes and Splits Apart
Social Security
Family Problems
Court-Packing, Wages, and Hours
Impeachment
War Clouds and Refugees
Frances and Franklin
Madness, Misalliances, and a Nude Bisexual Water Sprite
The War Comes
Last Days of the Roosevelt Administration
Harry Truman
The Truman Administration
Communism
End of the Truman Era
Many Transitions
Last Days
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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