The Social Security Act

Roosevelt's Second New Deal

The Basic Information

The original Social Security Act was signed in 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression. The purpose of this act was to held provide aid for retirement, needy children and unemployment insurance. The program was part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Second New Deal" which was targeted to help recover America during the Great Depression. The Security Act is now used for the same purpose, but has been amended during the course of years. For example, retirement benefits are still part of the SSA, but they have now included benefits for surviving family members of a deceased one.
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A Helpful Reform Act

The Social Security Act is, arguably one of the most useful and beneficial reform acts. This is because the Act provided benefits for those unemployed at the time, but was also planned for the future and helps most Americans when needed. This act would further enable Americans to spend less money overall. This Act was and is still running strong.

One of a Kind

The Social Security Act is a unique and a one-of-a-kind program that is not mirrored in the United States. No other countries offer the wide array of possibilities as the U.S. does with the Social Security Act.
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