Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare

FOR APT/PBS | 2019 | Run Time:

Exclusive First Screening of Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare
SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
Ted Mann Theater, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN – 4:00pm
Registration (recommended): Free, http://bit.ly/333NKEv

Additional 2019 Screenings
OCTOBER 24 | University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME – 7:00pm
OCTOBER 26 | The National Archive, Washington, D.C. – 7:00pm
OCTOBER 28 | The Historic Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt, MD – 8:00pm
OCTOBER 29 | The Roosevelt House, New York City, NY – 6:00pm
OCTOBER 30 | Columbia University, New York City, NY – 4:00pm
NOVEMBER 3 | FDR Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY – 2:00pm
NOVEMBER 5 | The Lincoln Theatre, Damariscotta, ME – 4:00pm
NOVEMBER 7 | Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA – 7:00pm

2020
JANUARY 22 | UBS Center, New York City, NY
JANUARY 23 | Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
JANUARY 24 | Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

National television broadcast on most PBS stations: March 1, 2020

About the Film:

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.

My good friend and colleague Mick Caouette has produced the first film biography of Frances Perkins, and 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

Frances Perkins made it possible for the rest of us. She paved the way. She is an icon, a model. I am so glad to see that her story is being told.

Nancy Pelosi

Speaker

The hard-won social safety net that Frances Perkins helped to create is now under serious threat. Mick Caouette’s new film, Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare will help millions of public television viewers understand why we must never take it for granted.

Robert B. Reich

Former Secretary of Labor

Young Fanny Perkins

Young Fanny Perkins

Frances Perkins

Frances Perkins

Frances Perkins

Frances Perkins

President Roosevelt and his cabinet are pictured as they met here, September 27th, to study the threatening European situation shortly before the President made his second and final appeal to Adolf Hitler to avert war. Left to Right: Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace, Secretary of Navy Claude A. Swanson, Attorney General Homer S. Cummings, Secretary of Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr., President Roosevelt, Secretary of War Harry H. Woodring, Secretary of Interior Harold L. Ickes. Secretary of Commerce Daniel C. Roper, and WPA Administrator Harry Hopkins.©GettyImages

Frances Perkins at Cabinet Meeting

Frances Perkins and FDR

Frances Perkins and FDR

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire