By Pierre Epstein
Social safeguard has lengthy been referred to as the 3rd rail of yank politics—an unassailable establishment for which we will thank Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Or can we? Abraham Epstein was once a massive determine in American social reform in the course of the first 1/2 the 20 th century. His identify and his theories look in nearly each e-book written on Social safety 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 e-book that tells for the 1st time the tale of his father’s function within the notion and enactment of Social protection and sheds new gentle at the internal workings of the Roosevelt administration. Combining memoir and highbrow background, Pierre Epstein takes readers behind the curtain of recent Deal laws to inform how his father’s fast-moving occupation led him to turn into the genuine architect of Social Security—he even got here up with these phrases to provide an explanation for his theories. A prolific journalist, founding father of the yankee organization for Social safeguard, and writer of various books, together with lack of confidence: A problem to the US, Abe Epstein fought desperately with FDR to treatment the issues of the unique Social protection Act—only to be forged apart through 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 publication readers will meet a colourful and tenacious participant within the background of this severe piece of social coverage legislation—an obsessed reformer who mobilized help from the ground up for his imaginative and prescient of Social Security. They also will meet his kin and research of the struggles and frustrations Abe Epstein confronted in making his approach in the United States as an immigrant Russian Jew. This attractive booklet fills an enormous hole within the old checklist, exhibiting that Social protection is greater than a technical topic approximately finance and actuarial facts, that it's essentially a human inspiration with deep philosophical roots. In the face of today’s privatization controversy, Abraham Epstein’s theories have a lot to inform us in regards to the present debate whereas Pierre Epstein’s insightful narrative exhibits us the underlying value of 1 man’s indelible legacy.
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But it was all too little and too late. Abe was gone from Harrisburg, living instead on a farm where he tried working as a simple laborer. He told those who asked what he was up to that he was going to spend the rest of his days as a farmer. His friends were puzzled. The cartoonish image of this short, frail man carrying slops to the pigs could only have evoked strained smiles from most of them. They all knew that all he cared about was books and meetings and political action. Abe Epstein’s first complete defeat in America came at the hands of a man he loved, who had picked him out of the throng, who had lifted him up and then without warning dropped him.
She once sent me a book, Women of the Left Bank, in which the audacious lives of those liberated women were profiled. Several times she asked if I had read it and what I thought of it, but I always felt, from our talk, that it was the title that had really intrigued her. If she could identify with those women who broke convention, then her own motives for making a huge leap from one culture to another, a leap that was to last an entire lifetime, would make her part of a great moment in history.
Armstrong, in his starched white collar, did not recoil at the excitable young man’s foreign sound nor his bizarre-looking suit. ” The word “chutzpah” might have been more appropriate. No one knows what went through Armstrong’s mind at that moment, but something must have impressed him because he said next, “As of now you are enrolled in the school. You pay me whatever you can. ” The moment Abe had been waiting for had at last arrived. While continuing to teach Hebrew among the Jewish families where he boarded, he attended the East Liberty Academy for three years and in 1914 graduated The Socialist Johnny Appleseed 31 To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work.