By Pierre Epstein
Social protection has lengthy been referred to as the 3rd rail of yankee politics—an unassailable establishment for which we will thank Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Or can we? Abraham Epstein used to be a huge determine in American social reform through the first 1/2 the 20th century. His identify and his theories look in nearly each e-book written on Social safeguard and the hot Deal, yet an entire account of his existence hasn't ever been made. Epstein’s son, Pierre, now secures his legacy during this booklet that tells for the 1st time the tale of his father’s function within the belief and enactment of Social safeguard and sheds new gentle at the internal workings of the Roosevelt administration. Combining memoir and highbrow background, Pierre Epstein takes readers backstage of latest Deal laws to inform how his father’s fast-moving profession led him to turn into the true architect of Social Security—he even got here up with these phrases to give an explanation for his theories. A prolific journalist, founding father of the yankee organization for Social defense, and writer of various books, together with lack of confidence: A problem to the USA, Abe Epstein fought desperately with FDR to treatment the flaws of the unique Social defense Act—only to be solid apart via political machinations. still, the exclusion didn't cease him from making major contributions to the 1939 amendments that solidified Social defense for coming generations of Americans. during this booklet readers will meet a colourful and tenacious participant within the heritage of this severe piece of social assurance legislation—an obsessed reformer who mobilized help from the ground up for his imaginative and prescient of Social Security. They also will meet his family members and research of the struggles and frustrations Abe Epstein confronted in making his manner in the US as an immigrant Russian Jew. This enticing publication fills an important hole within the historic checklist, exhibiting that Social protection is greater than a technical topic approximately finance and actuarial information, that it really is essentially a human notion with deep philosophical roots. In the face of today’s privatization controversy, Abraham Epstein’s theories have a lot to inform us concerning the present debate whereas Pierre Epstein’s insightful narrative indicates us the underlying value of 1 man’s indelible legacy.
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Because she stayed up all night and worried about me. I never thought anyone would feel that way. But there she was sitting up all night and worried about me, and I hadn’t the decency to send a telegram. ” The years in England turned Henriette into a committed Anglophile. She loved the countryside and its churches, its flowers and public gardens. And she loved her tea. Every night she made sure to brew her “cuppa” before going off to bed. The friends she made in those years remained friends for life.
For several days Abe watched Judge Kotek at work inside a decaying building filled with soldiers carrying sinister guns. The The Socialist Johnny Appleseed 45 To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work. Lyuban, Russia, 1922. Abe and his family. On back is written: “In front of our house. ” Note the rough wood sides of the typical Russian house. courtroom had little light, the floors were wet from the snow, and the paint was peeling off the walls. The judge’s method was simple and fast.
But the ripples that were spread from its little splash show his passions in their inceptive swell. Research was first, facts and figures taken from documents and interviews. He became a master at backing up everything he wrote, and the book’s pages are freighted with tables and photographs. Following that was his developing philosophy that discrimination, unemployment, poverty, and all the social ills he was shocked to find in America were not just evil in themselves, but destructive of the very virtues that America bragged about.