This Day In History Welfare State Born: FDR Signs Social Security Act, August 14, 1935

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August 14, 1935: FDR Signs Social Security Act into Law

On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which was originally designed to provide economic security during the Great Depression.

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Funded through a 2% payroll tax, the 1935 Social Security Act offered aid for the unemployed, the elderly, children and various state health and welfare programs.

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One Comment on “This Day In History Welfare State Born: FDR Signs Social Security Act, August 14, 1935”

  1. […] By Pundit from another Planet August 14, 1935: FDR Signs Social Security Act into Law On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which was originally designed to provide economic security during the Great Depression. Funded through a 2% payroll tax, the 1935 Social Security Act offered aid for the unemployed, the elderly, children […] Like this? Read more and get your own subscription at […]


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