By Pierre Epstein
Social safeguard has lengthy been referred to as the 3rd rail of yankee politics—an unassailable establishment for which we will thank Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Or can we? Abraham Epstein used to be an enormous determine in American social reform in the course of the first 1/2 the 20 th century. His identify and his theories look in virtually each booklet written on Social defense and the hot Deal, yet a whole account of his existence hasn't ever been made. Epstein’s son, Pierre, now secures his legacy during this booklet that tells for the 1st time the tale of his father’s function within the notion and enactment of Social protection and sheds new mild at the internal workings of the Roosevelt administration. Combining memoir and highbrow heritage, 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 yankee organization for Social protection, and writer of diverse books, together with lack of confidence: A problem to the USA, Abe Epstein fought desperately with FDR to treatment the issues of the unique Social safety Act—only to be forged apart through 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 ebook readers will meet a colourful and tenacious participant within the heritage of this severe piece of social assurance legislation—an obsessed reformer who mobilized aid from the ground up for his imaginative and prescient of Social Security. They also will meet his kinfolk and research of the struggles and frustrations Abe Epstein confronted in making his means in the United States as an immigrant Russian Jew. This attractive ebook fills an enormous hole within the old list, exhibiting that Social defense is greater than a technical topic approximately finance and actuarial information, that it really is essentially a human inspiration 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 indicates us the underlying value of 1 man’s indelible legacy.
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The word “chutzpah” might have been more appropriate. No one knows what went through Armstrong’s mind at that moment, but something must have impressed him because he said next, “As of now you are enrolled in the school. You pay me whatever you can. ” The moment Abe had been waiting for had at last arrived. While continuing to teach Hebrew among the Jewish families where he boarded, he attended the East Liberty Academy for three years and in 1914 graduated The Socialist Johnny Appleseed 31 To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work.
Not a smile can be seen, for the brutality of Russian revolutionary life was just as widespread in this little backwater as it had been on the streets of the capital. There had been two pogroms in the last two years and people had been killed. One death had been particularly grisly. Bandits in the area were determined to wipe out the Jews, and to prevent this a detachment of the Red Army had been sent to protect the village. An officer had even been stationed in the Epstein home. But when the “banditen” swarmed into the village the soldiers could do little to stop them.
Before Abe parted from the man he made sure the shipping company would give him a ticket when the trachoma was gone. ” And that’s it. That is all anyone knows of Abe Epstein’s Russian childhood. Several biographies of him were written, but none were ever published, and they have little to say about those early days. The problem, of course, was the subject himself. He said almost nothing about that time, in public or private. It was obviously not a happy experience and he apparently preferred to forget it.
Abraham Epstein: The Forgotten Father of Social Security by Pierre Epstein