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The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance by Kirstin Downey
“Kirstin Downey’s lively, substantive and—dare I say—inspiring new biography of Perkins . . . not only illuminates Perkins’ career but also deepens the known contradictions of Roosevelt’s character.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air
One of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s closest friends and the first female secretary of labor, Perkins capitalized on the president’s political savvy and popularity to enact most of the Depression-era programs that are today considered essential parts of the country’s social safety network.
History Book Club 2024 Book List
January - Empire of Pain Anchor by Patrick Radden Keefe
February - Triangle: The Fire That Changed America by David Von Drehle
March - The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance by Kirstin Downey
April - The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche by Gary Krist
May - Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
June - A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purple
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