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History Bookshelf: Kirstin Downey

Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (1934)

Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (1934)

Washington, DC
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Kirstin Downey recalls the life of Frances Perkins, Franklin Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor and the first female cabinet secretary.  During her tenure, Frances Perkins was responsible for promoting public works and employment projects, the establishment of the 40-hour work week, the creation of social security, and child labor laws.  Kirstin Downey’s book is titled, “The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience.”  This program was recorded at the Library of Congress.

Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:11pm (ET)

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