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The woman behind the New Deal : the life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and his moral conscience

Author: Kirstin Downey
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Frances Perkins; Frances Perkins; Frances Perkins, Politikerin.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kirstin Downey
ISBN: 9780385513654 0385513658
OCLC Number: 231162915
Description: xiii, 458 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 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.
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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.

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