The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins

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Mondays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. 6-week course begins 11/8 

Frances Perkins is the woman behind the New Deal, the driving force behind Social Security, the minimum wage,
unemployment insurance, the 40-hour work week, and the limits on child labor, all basic worker guarantees that helped
establish the modern middle class. This six-part class includes sessions on her Maine roots and early career, her life and times, her work on the New Deal, the perspective of her labor department auditor Charles E. Wyzanski Jr., infrastructure and art in the New Deal, and the Frances Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark. This course will include presentations by Dr. Christopher Breiseth, Charles M. Wyzanski, Sarah Peskin, and Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall. Required reading:  Kirstin Downey, The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins–Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage, ISBN 978-1400078561. Michael Chaney has served as Executive Director of the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle, Maine since 2014.