DIRECTIONS: Read the assignment prompt. Use the material in the right pane to review the sources and your answers from the Inquiry page, by selecting a source and then using the tabs. Compose your answer in the box on the left. Use the email form to send your answer to your instructor.

ASSIGNMENT: Historians agree that Social Security is at the heart of New Deal reform. Given that, what does Social Security tell us about the set of policies and programs called the New Deal?




These definitions should help with reading comprehension.

  • annuity: money paid out on a regular basis
  • sharecroppers: farmers who rent the land where they live and work in exchange for part of their crop
  • cash tenants: farmers who rent land and pay cash for rent
  • levied: imposed

Excluded from relief

Listen to Historian Mike O'Malley discuss the groups who were excluded from the Social Security Act.

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