By Pierre Epstein
Social protection 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 used to be an enormous determine in American social reform throughout the first half the 20 th century. His identify and his theories look in nearly each publication written on Social defense and the recent Deal, yet a whole account of his lifestyles hasn't ever been made. Epstein’s son, Pierre, now secures his legacy during this ebook that tells for the 1st time the tale of his father’s position within the perception 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 profession led him to develop 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 yank organization for Social safety, and writer of diverse 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 safeguard Act—only to be forged 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 publication readers will meet a colourful and tenacious participant within the historical past of this severe piece of social coverage legislation—an obsessed reformer who mobilized aid from the ground up for his imaginative and prescient of Social Security. They also will meet his kinfolk and study of the struggles and frustrations Abe Epstein confronted in making his means in the US as an immigrant Russian Jew. This enticing e-book fills an important hole within the historic checklist, exhibiting that Social protection is greater than a technical topic approximately finance and actuarial statistics, that it's 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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When the radical duo set off together, it was undoubtedly an odd spectacle. Jim, with his height and walrus mustache, towered over Abe, who was barely five feet and already balding. Still, their spirits were high when they arrived at the dock in New York, but as they were about to board the ship, customs officers barked at them to step aside. Forget about the trip, an inspector told them. “Hand over your passports,” said another. ” It was 1920, the year of the “Palmer Raids,” when the ambitious attorney general of the United States, A.
Her place in the sweep of the movement for social security was finally to be embedded in scholarly discourse. In all, she gave three different oral interviews for three different history projects, and was always ready to do a fourth if anyone happened to call. It was an easy way for her to write without the effort of putting pen to paper. “My biography,” she would call those oral histories. ” She would indicate a place on a bookshelf where it took a lucky streak to find anything among the overstuffed boxes and envelopes.
You look like the perfect immigrant for America to me,” Abe said, thinking of his own weak body. ” “A man said I have trachoma,” the peasant replied between sobs. “I don’t know what it is. ” “It’s a disease of the eyes,” Abe said. ” “No,” the man said, “I have no money for a doctor. I’ll have to go back to my village. ” Abe looked at the big youth who seemed the picture of health. His face had the look of total misery. Abe suddenly got up from the bench and patted the man on the shoulder. “Come with me,” he said.
Abraham Epstein: The Forgotten Father of Social Security by Pierre Epstein