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The Roosevelt I Knew Hardcover – 1947


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Viking; 2nd printing edition (1947)
  • ASIN: B000NVEP4I
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,546,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. Farnsworth on May 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Franklin I Knew was written by the only woman in his cabinet. The very First Secretary of Labor. Very few people know who she was in history but all of us should know her because she wrote all the employment laws that we use today. I was struck by how similiar the economic times of today are similar to the depression era that she writes about. This book is the inside look at the administration and how it worked. It is not a full biography of Roosevelt but an insider's look into how decisions were made that shaped our Employment laws, today and how the people who influenced those decisions. Four Stars
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I love this memoir and recently bought it for a 90 year old FDR fan. He was so impressed by Frances Perkins and since then has told many people about her huge contributions to American life as a member of Roosevelt's cabinet (first woman appointed to any U.S. Cabinet post, she was also the longest serving Secretary of Labor--staying throughout his entire presidency.).

Sadly, few people seem to know about Perkins today or how, as a trusted member of FDR's cabinet, she brought the influence of organized labor into his Cabinet and into his New Deal and changed American life for the better. Wikipedia's summary of her accomplishments is better than mine could be, "With the Social Security Act she established unemployment benefits, pensions for the many uncovered elderly Americans, and welfare for the poorest Americans. She pushed to reduce workplace accidents and helped craft laws against child labor. Through the Fair Labor Standards Act, she established the first minimum wage and overtime laws for American workers, and defined the standard forty-hour work week. She formed governmental policy for working with labor unions and helped to alleviate strikes by way of the United States Conciliation ServiceCivilian Conservation Corps, the Public Works Administration and its successor the Federal Works Agency, and the labor portion of the National Industrial Recovery Act. , Perkins resisted having American women be drafted to serve the military in World War II so that they could enter the civilian workforce in greatly expanded numbers.
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By William Kope on November 28, 2014
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My wife enjoyed the book
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ARB on February 2, 2011
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The book is as described. It's in great condition, even though it was printed in the 40s. Seller was prompt and efficient.
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