This course explores in five classes the legacy of Frances Perkins: Her Maine Roots and Early Career; The Woman Behind the New Deal; Perkins in the Eyes of Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr., her Solicitor at the Department of Labor; Jobs, Infrastructure and Art in the New Deal; The Frances Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark, Newcastle, Maine; and a conversation with her grandson, Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall, which includes an overview of the Frances Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark. Suggested reading: Kirstin Downey, The Woman Behind the New Deal: The life and Legacy of Frances Perkins—Social Security, Unemployment Insurance and the Minimum Wage.
Instructor Michael Chaney is the Executive Director of the Frances Perkins Center, a position he has held since 2014. Guest lecturers include Dr. Christopher Breiseth (FPC board member); Charles M. Wyzanski (FPC board member); Sarah Peskin (FPC Chair); and Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall, grandson of Frances Perkins.
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