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A Woman Unafraid: The Achievements of Frances Perkins 1st ed Edition

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-The first woman in history to hold a U.S. Cabinet post, Frances Perkins served as FDR's Secretary of Labor from 1933-1945. Faced with prejudice because of her sex, liberal political orientation, and lack of organized labor's support, she nevertheless left her mark on history with the passage of the Social Security Act (1935) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (1938). In this biography, the subject's personal life remains shadowy as Colman focuses on her struggles and triumphs as a labor reformer and public official. Cogent quotes from her letters and oral histories reinforce the portrait of Perkins as a courageous and determined pioneer. Black-and-white photographs and political cartoons stress her involvement in the New Deal. Initially Colman's writing style is smooth, but it deteriorates as she uses repetition and short, choppy sentences to emphasize important points. The frequent interjection of historical trivia also detracts from the flow of the narrative. Bill Severn's Frances Perkins (Hawthorn, 1976; o.p.), geared to an older audience, is a fuller and more skillfully written portrait.
Pat Katka, San Diego Public Library
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 6-10. More than a history of Perkins' life, this biography chronicles the major political events of the first half of the twentieth century. The reader gets a feel for the sweeping changes in the labor movement, as well as an intimate glimpse at Perkins that conveys the compassionate way she met the challenges of her public life. She began her career in social work, became the industrial commissioner of the state of New York, and served 12 years as the U.S. secretary of labor. The first woman cabinet member, she was appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt and was responsible for establishing the Social Security system and unemployment insurance. Ahead of her time, Perkins was married for almost 40 years and never used her husband's name. The author uses photos and quotes from Perkins' writings effectively. The book contains a helpful chronology, a bibliography, lists of places to visit, and a chart of cabinet members appointed by Roosevelt. Susan DeRonne

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Library Binding: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1st ed edition (October 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689318537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689318535
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,971,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Penny Colman writes about illustrious and fascinating women and a wide range of significant and intriguing topics in her award-winning books for all ages. Born in Denver, Colorado, in 1944, she grew up in North Warren, Pennsylvania, on the grounds of a state mental hospital, where her father was a psychiatrist. In 1960, she joined a group and rode her bicycle (plus took a few train rides) across the U.S. In 1964 she dropped out of college, worked in a frozen food factory in Sweden and hitchhiked throughout Europe, including to Turkey and Greece. Between 1965-1970, she graduated from college and graduate school, got married, and had three very close-in-age children. In 1987, as her children were graduating from high school, Penny Colman embarked on a freelance writing career and has been going full steam ever since.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elaine B. Holtz on July 28, 2011
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When I first heard of Frances Perkins I became curious. After reading this book and found out more about her I am amazed at all she accomplished. She needs to be held up as an example for all women in political office. I highly recommend this book and wish she were still alive so I could say, thank you Francis Perkins you are a true leader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judith M. Moore on January 21, 2014
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I really want to read more about this remarkable woman.who gave us Social Security and good labor legislation
while acting as Secretary of Labour under President Roosevelt. There is a book I want called A Woman Alone,
recommended by her grandson which I hope Amazon will find for me. .A Woman Unafraid is an excellent intro-
duction to this fascinating person who incidentally introduced Rosy the Riveter to the US.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Plumb on May 26, 2013
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I am going through my "Frances Perkins phase" and I am hungry for more details on this remarkable woman. Penny Colman gives a good description of what the times were like so we can understand how much Frances Perkins really accomplished. "You can't be afraid.", she said and she wasn't!
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A quick read with lots of information about Perkins and the milestones in her life. She was a remarkable woman, and this book helps spread the word.
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