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Obama, Others Cite Frances Perkins
Legacy of Social Security in New Book
President Obama, Donn Mitchell, Jamie Galbraith, and others have
contributed to a volume of essays focusing on Frances Perkins and
her legacy of Social Security.
Perkins, a devout churchwoman,
maintained ties to four parishes and was
a lifelong associate of All Saints' Sisters
of the Poor. You can learn more about
Furious Improvisation Details History of
The Federal Theatre Project History
The project produced both original and classic works, such as T.S.
Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral and a celebrated "all-Negro Voodoo"
Macbeth. The Federal Theatre also included Yiddish, German,
French, and Italian-speaking units. However, it was plagued with
continual accusations of leftist sympathies and propagandistic
tendencies. It was finally shut down in 1939 by the newly formed
House Un-American Activities Committee.
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Book Tells Catholic Backstory of
1954 Movie, On the Waterfront
In the famous 1954 movie On the Waterfront, starring
Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, the actor Karl Malden
delivers a rousing speech to restless dockworkers known as
"Christ in the Shapeup." Fordham University Professor
James T. Fisher has described it as one of the finest
moments in the representation of Catholic social justice
Fisher is the author of On the Irish Waterfront: The
Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York.
In it, he tells the true story on which the movie was based.
The famous speech was actually delivered on the Jersey
City waterfront in 1948 by the Rev. John M. "Pete"
Corridan was a Jesuit priest attached to the Xavier Labor
School, located at the Church of St. Francis Xavier on
West 16th Street in Manhattan. Although the movie is set in
Hoboken, New Jersey, the actual events took place in the
vicinity of the Chelsea Piers on Manhattan's west side.
Fisher's book refutes the thesis that On the Waterfront was
a metaphor for anti-communism. In fact, it was based on a
true story about organized crime's attempts to undermine
the labor movement and the Jesuits' efforts to resist.
Episcopal Church in U.S.
Observes Frances Perkins Day
Frances Perkins, U.S. Secretary of Labor
from 1933-1945, was remembered May 13
by the church that nourished her vocation.
A special Frances Perkins Day mass was
celebrated at the Church of St. Monica and
St. James, Capitol Hill, where Perkins
worshiped during her years in Washington.
Perkins lifted millions of Americans out of
poverty through the creation of the U.S.
Social Security System. Read about her at: