Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare
Director: Mick Caouette
2019, 60 minutes, NR
Cast: David Brooks, Nancy Pelosi, Amy Klobuchar, Lawrence O’Donnell
Distributor: South Hill Films
In the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins as the first woman on a presidential cabinet. Against overwhelming odds, she became the driving force behindSocial Security, the 40-hour work week, the eight-hour day, minimum wage and unemployment compensation. Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare features compelling interviews with David Brooks, Nancy Pelosi, Amy Klobuchar, Lawrence O’Donnell and others while telling Perkin’s heroic story which explores the history of women in politics, Social Security, our attitudes toward immigration, poverty, Socialism, and the role of government. Without this context our current dialogue is ill-informed and diminished.
“We need for Americans today to know what a terrific contribution she made to the social contract. Mick is passionate about sharing her story with future generations, and he tells it well, as a kindred spirit in the tradition of FDR, Frances Perkins and The New Deal.” – Bill Moyers, Journalist