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Frances Perkins: Champion of the New Deal (Oxford Portraits) Library Binding – January 13, 2000


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Grade 6 Up-Perkins was United States Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the first woman to hold a U.S. cabinet post. She was a working mother who helped develop legislation against child labor and to start Social Security. This book traces her life from childhood to death and includes excerpts from her writings, such as her 1910 article on undernourished children and her 1933 essay on "The Cost of a Five-Dollar Dress." An excerpt from a 1947 review of Perkins's biography of FDR, The Roosevelt I Knew, is also included. These vintage writings add insight into the attitudes and customs of the times. The author mentions her subject's mistakes and includes details of the impeachment attempt she survived. The writing style is lively and reveals Perkins's personal doubts and family concerns, as well as her unique and significant achievements in public service. Good-quality black-and-white photographs appear throughout. This book is slightly more detailed than Penny Colman's A Woman Unafraid: The Achievements of Frances Perkins (Atheneum, 1993; o.p.), another worthy biography at a similar reading level.
Marilyn Long Graham, Lee County Library System, Estero, FL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Well-written, thorough, and occasionally humorous. The black-and-white photos of Perkins ... seem to reveal as much as the text does."--The Horn Book Guide


"The writing style is lively and reveals Perkins's personal doubts family concerns, as well as her unique and significant achievements in public service.... Worthy biography."--School Library Journal


"An engrossing biography of the first woman to serve as a U.S. cabinet member."--Reuters


"Frances Perkins was truly a woman ahead of her time, and Pasachoff's interesting work illustrates this adeptly. Perkins's untiring quest and unending commitment to social justice comes through clearly in this well-written biography.... If the other titles in this series are of similar high quality, the series will have fulfilled its purpose. This work is a valuable resource for young history students."--Book Report


"Those who like to read biographies, history, or stories of strong, intelligent women will thoroughly enjoy this book."--Children's Literature


"Pasachoff writes with verve, compassion, high scholarship, and a fine understanding of history."--The Advocate


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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Portraits
  • Library Binding: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1St Edition edition (January 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195122224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195122220
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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book was in great condition was suppose to be new but had a name

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