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        Social Security Act (1935) and Resource Materials

        This resource group contains two facsimiles and a transcript of, and a background essay on the Social Security Act of 1935. This legislation, signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on August 14, 1935, established a system of old-age benefits for workers, benefits for victims of industrial accidents, unemployment insurance, aid for dependent mothers and children, the blind, and the physically handicapped.

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        Social Security Act (1935): Image 1

        This is a facsimile of the Social Security Act, signed into law on August 14, 1935.

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        Social Security Act (1935): Image 2

        This is a facsimile of the Social Security Act, signed into law on August 14, 1935.

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        Social Security Act (1935): Transcript

        This transcript of the 1935 Social Security Act makes the text of this source accessible to those who cannot read the facsimile text.

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        Social Security Act (1935): Background Essay

        This background essay explains the background and context of the 1935 Social Security Act.

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