Harry Hopkins

Sudden Hero, Brash Reformer

  • Authors
  • June Hopkins

Part of the The World of the Roosevelts book series (WOOROO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. June Hopkins
    Pages 1-7
  3. June Hopkins
    Pages 9-32
  4. June Hopkins
    Pages 33-53
  5. June Hopkins
    Pages 71-89
  6. June Hopkins
    Pages 91-123
  7. June Hopkins
    Pages 125-148
  8. June Hopkins
    Pages 149-173
  9. June Hopkins
    Pages 175-200
  10. June Hopkins
    Pages 201-207
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 208-271

About this book


From 1912 to 1940, social worker Harry Hopkins committed himself to the ideal of government responsibility for impoverished Americans. This look at Hopkins' life and social work career broadens our understanding of the political and cultural currents that led to the Social Security Act of 1935, the bedrock of the American welfare state. Hopkins' experiences as an advocate and administrator of work relief and widows' pensions in New York City during the Progressive Era informed his contribution to welfare legislation during the New Deal years. Written by his granddaughter June Hopkins, this book not only clarifies the emergence of welfare policy but sheds considerable light on the present welfare debate. It also illuminates the life of one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century.


America bibliography Great Depression health New York New York City reform relief settlement social security social work understanding

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-230-61365-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-10580-6
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