My wife is doing a Kickstarter to fund her research about Francis Perkins. She is a fascinating woman and it does seem like people should know more about her. Perkins, not my wife…well she is fascinating too but you keep your slimy mits off knowing more about her…
The practical reason:
2020 is the 85th anniversary of Social Security, so it’s an especially good time to publish a book about Frances. A new one-hour documentary, Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare, just had its world premiere in Minneapolis. It’s showing this fall on the East Coast and next March on PBS (times and locations in the link). It’s fabulous, and everyone should see it.
But there’s room for something more, a novel that brings to life Frances and all of the rich characters who fought for the passage of Social Security, as well as Frances’s hidden personal struggles to care for her family.
The sort of spooky, maybe-the-universe -or Frances-wants-this reason:
I decided about three months ago that this would be my next writing project, and began the research and writing. I do this for an hour a day, because I have a day job and a family.
But then, as I’d been anticipating for years, I got laid off. And so, thanks to the unemployment insurance Frances gave us, I have the gift of time. I can spend much of the next couple of months on this while I’m looking for another job, and get it finished quickly.[/quote]