Roosevelt House History

Video of Adam Cohen on Frances Perkins’s Memoir, “The Roosevelt I Knew”

Adam S. Cohen is a former editorial writer for the New York Times and author of Nothing to Fear: FDR’s Inner Circle and The Hundred Days That Created Modern America. He is currently Scholar in Law, Kauffman Fellow of the Information Society Project, and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He was previously Chief Technology Writer and Bureau Chief for Time Magazine, and prior to that, was a staff attorney for The American Civil Liberties Union. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

When Frances Perkins first met Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1910, she was a young social worker and he was a young man making a modest debut in state politics. Over the next thirty-five years, she watched his career unfold, becoming both a close family friend and a trusted political associate whose tenure as Secretary of Labor spanned his entire administration. Perkins’s memoir of her years working with FDR, The Roosevelt I Knew, originally published in 1946 and now re-issued as a Penguin Classic, offers a unique window onto the man whose courage and pioneering reforms still resonate in the lives of Americans today