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Frances Perkins - Interview 101, side 1 - 24 May, 1955 -
2127 Le Roy Place N.W., Washington, D.C. This interview
taken on a tape-recorder.
We haven't ever dealt with the Civil Service
Commission, nor the beginning of the loyalty business.
I left the Government in 1945, July 1, 1945,
and I pursued my own affairs until October, '46--writing a
book and undertaking activities in the I.L.O. which
I have described.
Did I ever ask you about the writing of your
book? I don't think I have.
Let's not go into that, that's so dumb.
No, it isn't. How did you happen to write the
book in the first place?
How did I happen to write it? Well, George Bye,
a literary agent whom I've known and who was a literary agent
for several people around, came to see me one day. It was
after Roosevelt had died, I guess, but before I left the
Government, in that period between April and July. He said
to me, “I've come to see you on a very serious matter.” I
was on joking terms with him. He said, “I want you to write
a book. I want you to write a book about what you've seen in
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