From the Dakotas to Grinnell, Iowa

  • June Hopkins
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Harry Hopkins grew up in a large, closely-knit household that contained three generations. The family was bound together by moral lessons taught by his parents, David Aldona and Anna Pickett Hopkins, lessons that were drawn from the experiences of their forebears. Although the Hopkins and Picketts originally came from Scotland, England, and Canada, it was the American Midwest that molded Hopkins into an urban social worker and federal relief administrator. From his Iowa roots, Hopkins absorbed some of his mother’s Methodist teachings, his father’s cynicism, his sister’s commitment to social service, and his college’s Social Gospel message that rallied Christians to the cause of reform, and combined them with his own idealism and ambition.


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