By Paul M. Sparrow, Director, FDR Library. August 14th is a very significant day in the legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Two of the most important and lasting achievements of his presidency occurred on this day - ten years apart. The Social Security Act was enacted on August 14th, 1935, and the official end of World … Continue reading August 14: A Day of Two Anniversaries
Social Security Placard (MO 2012.2.4) Soon after its enactment, FDR began working to expand Social Security. Congress ignored his calls to open coverage to farm and domestic workers and other excluded groups. But in 1939, lawmakers passed amendments that added Social Security benefits for the spouse and minor children of retired workers. Congress also provided … Continue reading From the Museum
Enacting Social Security On August 14, 1935 legislators and advisors crowded into the White House Cabinet Room to witness the signing of the Social Security Act. News photographers and film crews recorded the moment for history as FDR put his signature on the bill. Standing directly behind the President was the person most responsible for … Continue reading Found in the Archives
August 14, 1935: FDR signs the Social Security Bill into law. ********** Did you know: On August 14, 1936 FDR set forth a foreign policy of neutrality at Chautauqua, NY. On August 14, 1941 FDR announced the Atlantic Charter.
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). ********** Did you know: On April 30, 1939, FDR appeared on television opening the New York World's Fair.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum presents: “OUR PLAIN DUTY”: FDR and AMERICA’S SOCIAL SECURITY A Special Exhibition Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Social Security Exhibit opens Sunday, August 15, 2010. For more information about the exhibit, click here.
August 14, 1935: FDR signs the Social Security Bill into law.
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). ********** The New Deal Estore is a great place to shop for Roosevelt related books, gifts, and other treasures from the New Deal Store at the Roosevelt … Continue reading This Week in Roosevelt History: April 22-30