By Prof William Lasser
A key determine within the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, Benjamin V. Cohen (1894-1983) was once made an important architect of public coverage from the 1st days of FDR's presidency during the early days of the chilly battle. even though he saved a low public profile, Cohen's effect prolonged throughout a variety of household and overseas coverage tasks. during this biography, William Lasser deals an account of Ben Cohen's lifestyles and occupation, and an evaluation of his contribution to the starting place and improvement of recent American liberalism. the amount strains Cohen's contributions to household monetary coverage, his actions in the course of the battle years in London and Washington, his provider as counsellor to the nation division and member of the yankee delegation to the United countries after the conflict, and his position within the American Zionist move.
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As at Chicago, Cohen’s academic work was exemplary. His lowest grade was a 75 in Roman law (75 and higher being an A); his highest was an 81 from Frankfurter. Frankfurter was a dozen years older than Cohen, and the future justice was just beginning a career that would take him to the heights of academic and political life. Born in Vienna, he had arrived in the United States a month before Cohen was born. After a series of ﬁts and starts, Frankfurter decided to attend Harvard Law School, enrolling in 1903.
As a child, Brandeis revered and respected his uncle Lewis Dembitz, a lawyer, scholar, and political activist who was also an orthodox Jew (among his many accomplishments, Dembitz was one of the three men who nominated Abraham Lincoln for the presidency in 1860). 8 Whatever the roots of Brandeis’s interest in Zionism, however, much of its appeal was purely intellectual. The eﬀort to create a Jewish state in Palestine provided a perfect opportunity for Brandeis to test his theories of political economy and put them into practice.
J. ’’ The eclectic mix of delegates and dignitaries from around the world—winners and losers, rich and poor, hopeful and hopeless— created a unique panorama. ’’ Yet beneath this superﬁcial festivity was a deep sense of weariness. ’’ 19 The Zionist delegates in Paris were luckier than most, since from the beginning they could be reasonably conﬁdent of a successful outcome. And unlike their Central and Eastern European brethren, the American and English Zionists were relatively unencumbered by the far more uncertain issues surrounding the status of the Jews of Europe.
Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal by Prof William Lasser