This Week in Roosevelt History: April 22-30

April 27, 1937: The nation’s first Social Security checks were distributed.

Social Security poster of a woman leaning on a fence post.
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 53-227(1733).


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Social Security: History & Politics from the New Deal to the Privatization Debate by Daniel Beland
The Woman Behind the New Deal, The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor by Kirsten Downey
The Coming of the New Deal, The Age of Roosevelt by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Freedom from Fear 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy
The Great Depression – America, 1929-1941 by Robert S. McElvaine