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Abraham Epstein: The Forgotten Father of Social Security by Pierre Epstein

By Pierre Epstein

 Social safeguard has lengthy been known 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 huge determine in American social reform through the first half the 20th century. His identify and his theories seem in nearly each publication written on Social defense and the recent Deal, yet a whole account of his lifestyles hasn't ever been made. Epstein’s son, Pierre, now secures his legacy during this ebook that tells for the 1st time the tale of his father’s function within the notion and enactment of Social safeguard and sheds new gentle at the internal workings of the Roosevelt administration.             Combining memoir and highbrow historical past, Pierre Epstein takes readers backstage of recent 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 various 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 defense 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 defense for coming generations of Americans.             during this ebook 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 family members and research of the struggles and frustrations Abe Epstein confronted in making his manner in the United States as an immigrant Russian Jew.             This attractive e-book fills a huge hole within the historic checklist, exhibiting that Social defense is greater than a technical topic approximately finance and actuarial facts, that it's essentially a human concept 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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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.

Recklessly he pushed open the gate and entered the grounds. He did not notice that it was located directly opposite the massive grounds of the Andrew Mellon estate. He asked to see the headmaster and was told to go and see Doctor Armstrong, who when confronted with Abe courteously never made note of his suit but instead asked the youth in front of him what he wanted. “I’d like to go to school here,” Abe replied. ” the educator informed him. And then, like Charlie Chaplin in one of his two-reelers on immigrants, the slight, bedraggled Hebrew teacher shyly tilted his head and said: “I don’t have the money to pay, Doctor Armstrong.

When Abraham saw what his father had done he began to weep, but he was cut off. “No, no, no! ” his father proclaimed. What happened afterward, what he may have thought, what he felt, Abe never said. But the relationship between father and son was never healed. The second myth has to do with the departure for America. Leibel Epstein had traveled to America early in the century to find work in order to 26 Abraham Epstein To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work.

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