The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins--Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage - Kirstin Downey

I knew Frances Perkins as the Secretary of Labor to Franklin Roosevelt. This biography of her by Kirstin Downey,  The Woman Behind The New Deal (Nan A. Talese, $35), fills out the portrait of an exceptional and gifted woman, describing her friendships with other luminaries of the period, like Robert Moses and Sinclair Lewis; her marriage and motherhood; her long political career, and even her continued public service after Roosevelt’s death. But of course, it is her years building the New Deal that are most interesting. Almost all of the legislation on social and economic support emanates or was helped along by Frances Perkins. When she wrote a letter of resignation to FDR after his fourth election, she listed her accomplishments:  among the programs, agencies and legislation she helped to promulgate were the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Public Works Administration, the NRA and the Fair Labor Standards Act.  She strengthened the U.S. Conciliation Service, which dealt with strikes, and converted the Bureau of Labor Statistics into a “trusted source of information.”

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ISBN: 9781400078561
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Published: Anchor - February 23rd, 2010