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Exhibit Theme

Providing Economic Security

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Message to Congress Announcing a Program for Social Security, June 8, 1934

On June 8, 1934, President Roosevelt presented to Congress his administration’s proposal to safeguard the economic and social well being of the nation by making security of the individual and family a top priority. Roosevelt argued that “social insurance” for the elderly and the unemployed would strengthen the nation by promoting economic stability and reducing the potential for social unrest.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration