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Providing Economic Security

Congress passed the Social Security Act in the midst of the Great Depression. It authorized taxes on workers and employers to provide for the elderly, the unemployed, dependent children and the disabled. The legislation addressed the concerns of popular grassroots movements that advocated for federal old-age pensions and relief for those without jobs.

3 Images President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Message to Congress Announcing... View All Images
1 Image Letter from A.E. Bosley in Support of a Social Security Program,... View All Images
1 Image President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Signing the Social Security Act,... View All Images
1 Image U.S. Social Security Board Poster, A Monthly Check to You for the... View All Images