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Relentless reformer : Josephine Roche and progressivism in twentieth-century America

Author: Robyn Muncy
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Series: Politics and society in twentieth-century America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Josephine Roche (1886-1976) was a progressive activist, New Deal policymaker, and businesswoman. As a pro-labor and feminist member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration, she shaped the founding legislation of the U.S. welfare state and generated the national conversation about health-care policy that Americans are still having today. In this gripping biography, Robyn Muncy offers Roche's persistent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Josephine A Roche; Josephine A Roche; Josephine A Roche; Josephine A Roche
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robyn Muncy
ISBN: 9780691122731 0691122733 9780691173528 0691173524
OCLC Number: 877364268
Description: xii, 408 pages : black and white illustrations portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: Childhood in the West, Education in the East, 1886-1908 --
Aspiring Feminist and Social Science Progressive, 1908-1912 --
Emergence as a Public Leader, 1912-1913. --
Seeking Fundamentals: The Colorado Coal Strike, 1913-1914 --
"Part of It All One Must Become": Progressive in Wartime, 1915-1918 --
Work and Love in a Progressive Ebb Tide, 1919-1927 --
Migrating to a "Totally New Planet": Roche Takes Over Rocky Mountain Fuel, 1927-1928 --
"Prophet of a New and Wiser Social Order," 1929-1932 --
Working with the New Deal from Colorado, 1933-1934 --
At the Center of Power: Roche in the New Deal Government, 1934-1939 --
Generating a National Debate about Federal Health Policy, 1935-1939 --Unmoored during Wartime, 1939-1945 --
Becoming a Cold War Liberal, 1945-1948 --
Creating "New Values, New Realities" in the Coalfields, 1948-1956 --
Democratic Denials and Dissent at the Miners' Welfare Fund, 1957-1963; 1976 --
Challenged and Redeemed by the New Progressivism, 1960-1972 --
Only Ten Minutes Left? Epilogue and Assessment.
Series Title: Politics and society in twentieth-century America.
Responsibility: Robyn Muncy.
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"Josephine Roche (1886-1976) was a progressive activist, New Deal policymaker, and businesswoman. As a pro-labor and feminist member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration, she shaped the founding legislation of the U.S. welfare state and generated the national conversation about health-care policy that Americans are still having today. In this gripping biography, Robyn Muncy offers Roche's persistent progressivism as evidence for surprising continuities among the Progressive Era, the New Deal, and the Great Society. Muncy explains that Roche became the second-highest-ranking woman in the New Deal government after running a Colorado coal company in partnership with coal miners themselves. Once in office, Roche developed a national health plan that was stymied by World War II but enacted piecemeal during the postwar period, culminating in Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s. By then, Roche directed the United Mine Workers of America Welfare and Retirement Fund, an initiative aimed at bolstering the labor movement, advancing managed health care, and reorganizing medicine to facilitate national health insurance, one of Roche's unrealized dreams. In Relentless Reformer, Muncy uses Roche's dramatic life story -- from her stint as Denver's first policewoman in 1912 to her fight against a murderous labor union official in 1972 -- as a unique vantage point from which to examine the challenges that women have faced in public life and to reassess the meaning and trajectory of progressive reform."--Jacket.

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