By Pierre Epstein
Social defense has lengthy been known as the 3rd rail of yankee politics—an unassailable establishment for which we will thank Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Or can we? Abraham Epstein was once a big determine in American social reform in the course of the first 1/2 the 20th century. His identify and his theories look in nearly each booklet 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 publication that tells for the 1st time the tale of his father’s function within the belief and enactment of Social defense and sheds new mild at the internal workings of the Roosevelt administration. Combining memoir and highbrow historical past, Pierre Epstein takes readers backstage of recent 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 US, Abe Epstein fought desperately with FDR to therapy the issues of the unique Social safety Act—only to be forged apart by way of 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 serious 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 family members and study of the struggles and frustrations Abe Epstein confronted in making his method in the United States as an immigrant Russian Jew. This attractive booklet fills a huge hole within the old checklist, displaying that Social safety is greater than a technical topic approximately finance and actuarial facts, that it's basically a human proposal 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 exhibits us the underlying significance of 1 man’s indelible legacy.
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On top of that I found that the men and women went to different schools and were completely separated. ” Just off the boat, and immediately she was battered by America’s fine old Puritan culture. Nonetheless, the fun of 1920s American college life soon began to assert itself, as Henriette described in her first postcard from the United States to her parents in France. “I am sending you a photo of the house where I live,” she wrote, marking a cross on the second floor of the classic red brick dormitory building, surrounded by the leafy trees of the traditional college campus.
The second myth has to do with the departure for America. Leibel Epstein had traveled to America early in the century to find work in order to 26 Abraham Epstein To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work. Leibel Epstein, Abe’s father. Taken between 1910–1914. Possibly taken in New York before he returned to Russia. send money back to his impoverished family. Abe wrote and asked if he could join him. His father flatly refused, so the young son went behind his father’s back and appealed to a sympathetic uncle already established in Connecticut who sent him fifty dollars for the ship’s ticket.
A member of the state legislature, James Maurer, who was a committed Socialist and president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Labor, had succeeded in having a commission created to look into the plight of the elderly poor. He took one look at The Negro Migrant in Pittsburgh and called Abe’s professor in the economics department of the University of Pittsburgh, Frank Tyson. Maurer listened to all the good things Tyson had to say about his dedicated student, decided Abe Epstein was just the man he wanted, and offered him his first real job in America as secretary and research director of the newly created Pennsylvania Commission on Old Age Pensions.