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About Bruce Dudley

Bruce Dudley was born in Saranac Lake, N.Y., earned a Ph.D. in Social Science at Ball State University in 1972 and afterwards taught a variety of U.S. history courses at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD. He currently resides splits his time between Camden, DE, and a cabin near Paul Smiths in the Adirondacks.

Frances Perkins: Secretary of Labor Under FDR


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Frances Perkins meets with Carnegie Steel Workers in 1933Any recognition of influential and famous American women should include Frances Perkins and rank her close to the top of such a list. Perkins was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s secretary of labor during his entire time in office, from 1933 to 1945, and the first woman cabinet member in our history.

Although she is largely unknown to most Americans, many historians credit Perkins as being the architect and driving force responsible for the key achievements of FDR’s New Deal program during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Continue reading