By Pierre Epstein
Social defense has lengthy been referred to as the 3rd rail of yank politics—an unassailable establishment for which we will be able to thank Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Or can we? Abraham Epstein was once a big determine in American social reform through the first half the 20th century. His identify and his theories seem in virtually each e-book written on Social protection and the hot Deal, yet an entire 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 position within the perception and enactment of Social safety and sheds new mild at the internal workings of the Roosevelt administration. Combining memoir and highbrow heritage, Pierre Epstein takes readers backstage of latest Deal laws to inform how his father’s fast-moving profession led him to develop into the true 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 safety, and writer of diverse books, together with lack of confidence: A problem to the USA, Abe Epstein fought desperately with FDR to therapy the flaws of the unique Social protection Act—only to be solid apart by means of political machinations. still, the exclusion didn't cease him from making major contributions to the 1939 amendments that solidified Social defense 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 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 manner in the USA as an immigrant Russian Jew. This enticing e-book fills an important hole within the ancient list, displaying that Social safety is greater than a technical topic approximately finance and actuarial records, that it's essentially a human thought with deep philosophical roots. In the face of today’s privatization controversy, Abraham Epstein’s theories have a lot to inform us in regards to the present debate whereas Pierre Epstein’s insightful narrative exhibits us the underlying significance of 1 man’s indelible legacy.
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One young girl was crying loudly. She had a job making out permits and had saved some money from her work. Abe was not sure what she was accused of, but the judge yelled at her. ” “I have nothing, absolutely nothing,” she bawled. ” Kotek pronounced. And then two guards dragged her back to jail. ” He disappeared just as quickly. People were scared, Abe realized. They said nothing to defend themselves. They knew they had no chance. 46 Abraham Epstein To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work.
Of her Russian childhood, Esther has only two memories she can bring herself to talk about. One is the bloody sights of that murderous pogrom. The other is the sweet smell of the lilac bushes when they bloomed on the raw wooden fence surrounding the house of the Russian Orthodox priest. Later, in America, Abe told only a few stories of what he had seen. One was about the local village idiot—known in Russian tradition as “God’s Fool”—a beggar who went from door to door. ” What caused Abe even more anguish was the look of his former schoolmates and friends.
And when his landlady went out for food he had to stay in the apartment for fear that intruders would quickly ransack it. After great effort—it took days to get an appointment—he waited for five hours outside the walls and passed through seven sets of sentries before he was finally permitted to enter the sanctum of the Kremlin to interview one of the secretaries of the Communist Party. He asked if he could see the minutes of the party meetings. ” was the irate reply. ” Another time he managed to get into a courtroom and observe the new Communist judicial system at work.
Abraham Epstein: The Forgotten Father of Social Security by Pierre Epstein