By Pierre Epstein
Social protection has lengthy been known 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 a huge determine in American social reform in the course of the first half the 20th century. His identify and his theories seem in virtually each ebook written on Social safety and the recent Deal, yet an entire account of his lifestyles 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 safety and sheds new mild at the internal workings of the Roosevelt administration. Combining memoir and highbrow background, Pierre Epstein takes readers behind the curtain of latest Deal laws to inform how his father’s fast-moving profession led him to develop into the genuine 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 protection, and writer of diverse books, together with lack of confidence: A problem to the United States, Abe Epstein fought desperately with FDR to treatment the issues of the unique Social safeguard Act—only to be solid apart by way of political machinations. still, the exclusion didn't cease him from making major contributions to the 1939 amendments that solidified Social protection 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 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 kin and study of the struggles and frustrations Abe Epstein confronted in making his approach in the USA as an immigrant Russian Jew. This attractive ebook fills a huge hole within the historic checklist, displaying that Social defense is greater than a technical topic approximately finance and actuarial records, that it really is basically a human concept 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 value of 1 man’s indelible legacy.
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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.
English women had more advanced schooling and were able to have careers of their own. They had received the right to vote in 1918, something that the French Republic would not grant until 1946. There was as well a more developed sense of responsibility and fairness toward others, a type of behavior that did not exist among the anarchic and free-spirited citizens of her homeland. One story she loved to tell took place on her return to school. She had missed the train and neglected to warn the headmistress.
It became one of his core beliefs that men like Doctor Armstrong were the ones who made America a great country, men who were not afraid to take a chance on a poor immigrant boy, who were open to all the possibilities in another human being. It was a type of man he had never found in Russia. ” Henriette once tried to sum up Abe’s struggles in Pittsburgh with a tidy phrase, “Those rich Jewish mamas made sure that the poor intellectual 32 Abraham Epstein boy had enough to eat,” and the quote was revealing.