By Pierre Epstein
Social safety has lengthy been referred to as the 3rd rail of yankee politics—an unassailable establishment for which we will be able to thank Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Or can we? Abraham Epstein used to be a tremendous determine in American social reform in the course of the first 1/2 the 20th century. His identify and his theories seem in nearly each ebook written on Social protection 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 publication that tells for the 1st time the tale of his father’s position within the belief and enactment of Social safety and sheds new mild at the internal workings of the Roosevelt administration. Combining memoir and highbrow historical past, Pierre Epstein takes readers behind the curtain of latest Deal laws to inform how his father’s fast-moving occupation led him to turn into the true architect of Social Security—he even got here up with these phrases to provide an explanation for his theories. A prolific journalist, founding father of the yank organization for Social safeguard, and writer of various books, together with lack of confidence: A problem to the United States, Abe Epstein fought desperately with FDR to therapy the flaws 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 safeguard for coming generations of Americans. during this ebook readers will meet a colourful and tenacious participant within the background of this serious piece of social coverage legislation—an obsessed reformer who mobilized help from the ground up for his imaginative and prescient of Social Security. They also will meet his kinfolk and examine of the struggles and frustrations Abe Epstein confronted in making his method in the US as an immigrant Russian Jew. This attractive e-book fills a big hole within the ancient checklist, displaying that Social safety is greater than a technical topic approximately finance and actuarial statistics, that it truly is basically a human notion 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 indicates us the underlying value of 1 man’s indelible legacy.
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Abe always revered Jim Maurer. What made Maurer special in his eyes was his good old American know-how. Maurer could entertain people with countless stories, could charm, cajole, and make speeches to rally the troops, all in the service of the cause. He also knew how to get laws passed and regulations changed. And that’s what Abe learned from Maurer— how to disarm all the governing bodies he would eventually face, how to become the American he wanted to be, the kind of American who would The Socialist Johnny Appleseed 41 To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work.
But when the “banditen” swarmed into the village the soldiers could do little to stop them. They ransacked the town and rounded up most of the Jews in one of the synagogues. They were about to set fire to the wooden building when someone ran to get the Russian Orthodox priest. When the priest saw what was about to take place, he pleaded with the bandits to stop. What he said somehow staved off the looming fire; the bandits left the synagogue alone and took flight back to the forests, leaving Lyuban looted and littered with bodies.
While waiting in the offices of the shipping company to get his ticket, Abe found himself sitting on a bench next to a great hulking young fellow who was dressed in shabby, ill-fitting clothes too small for his large peasant frame. Abe looked up at the man’s face and he could see tears streaming down. ” Abe asked. “They won’t let me have a ticket,” the big peasant said. The Socialist Johnny Appleseed 27 To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work. Bella Raisel Levovicz, Abe’s mother.