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Mr. Social Security : the life of Wilbur J. Cohen

Author: Edward D Berkowitz; Wilbur J Cohen
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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JFK tagged him "Mr. Social Security." LBJ praised him as the "planner, architect, builder and repairman on every major piece of social legislation [since 1935]." The New York Times called him "one of the country's foremost technicians in public welfare." Time portrayed him as a man of "boundless energy, infectious enthusiasm, and a drive for action." His name was Wilbur Cohen. For half a century from the New Deal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Berkowitz, Edward D.
Mr. Social Security.
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c1995
(OCoLC)651692836
Named Person: Wilbur J Cohen; Wilbur Joseph Cohen; Wilbur J Cohen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward D Berkowitz; Wilbur J Cohen
ISBN: 0700607072 9780700607075
OCLC Number: 31516972
Description: xx, 396 p. f: ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The Education of Wilbur Cohen --
2. Forging a Career in New Deal Washington --
3. The 1940s, Social Security Apparatus, and Triumph of 1950 --
4. The New Politics of Social Security and the Ike Age --
5. A New Life: Cohen in Academia, 1956-1961 --
6. Courting JFK, Expanding Social Security --
7. The New Frontier --
8. Education and Medicare in the Kennedy Administration --
9. LBJ, Poverty, and Education --
10. Medicare --
Legislative Triumph --
11. Implementing the Great Society in a Time of Troubles --
12. Secretary Cohen --
13. Aftermath
Other Titles: Mister Social Security.
Responsibility: Edward D. Berkowitz ; foreword by Joseph A Califano, Jr.
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This is a biography of Wilbur J. Cohen. He was a key player in the creation of the American welfare state. From the Social Security Act (1935) to the establishment of disability insurance (1956) and  Read more...

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