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Relentless Reformer – Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America - Princeton Scholarship Online
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Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America

Robyn Muncy


Josephine Roche (1886–1976) was a progressive activist, New Deal policymaker, and businesswoman. As a pro-labor and feminist member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration, she shaped the founding legislation of the U.S. welfare state and generated the national conversation about health care policy that Americans are still having today. This book offers Roche's persistent progressivism as evidence for surprising continuities among the Progressive Era, the New Deal, and the Great Society. The book explains that Roche became the second-highest-ranking woman in the New Deal government after run ... More

Keywords: Josephine Roche, U.S. welfare state, U.S. health care, progressivism, New Deal, national health plan, Medicare, Medicaid, national health insurance, women activists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691122731
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691122731.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robyn Muncy, author
University of Maryland

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