The greatest social reformer of her time!
Pres. Franklin Roosevelt called Lillian Wald “one of the least known yet most important people” of her time. Wald, a relentless advocate for the welfare of children, was responsible for many of the social and health related programs we take for granted today. She campaigned for school lunches and nurses in public schools, founded the Henry Street Settlement, and was an early promoter of women’s suffrage. Wald was adept at navigating both the poorest, most densely populated neighborhoods, as well as the upper circles of society, where she sought donors to support her efforts.
Paul Kaplan’s extensive research into the history of New York brought him to this fascinating subject. Through his revealing profile of Lillian Wald, Kaplan deftly illustrates how far we’ve come as a society, how much work it took to get here, and how much more work there is still to be done.
About the Author
Paul M. Kaplan has visited much of the United States and traveled to countries across six continents. A prolific writer, he delves into the social and cultural history of a location and delights in sharing the untold stories behind sites both famous and unknown. Director of digital strategy for Broadridge Financial Solutions, Kaplan graduated from Yale University with a BA in ethics, politics, and economics. He is involved with numerous organizations, including the Yale Writers’ Conference.
America’s Great Social and Healthcare Reformer
Written by Paul Kaplan
112 pp. 5.5 x 8.5 32 photos notes biblio index
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Readers / Intermediate
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century
Age & grade: 8-12 & 3rd-7th
Reading ease: 68.2 Flesch-Kincaid grade level: 6.5