The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins

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Thursdays,  9:30-11:00 a.m. 5-week course begins 11/12

Frances Perkins was FDR’s Secretary of Labor and the first woman ever to serve in a presidential cabinet. She is the woman behind the New Deal, Social Security, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the modern middle class. Discover how this self-made woman with roots to her ancestors’ 1750s Newcastle, Maine farm became America’s leading advocate for industrial safety and workers’ rights. Required Book: 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, a native of Maine, has served as Executive Director of the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle, Maine since 2014. (There will be no class session on Thanksgiving Day, November 26.)