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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.

  • provision: amount of money
  • utilities: industries that supplied electric power
  • stockholder: someone who owns shares in a company
  • mandate: an order or command
  • economic royalist: a term used by FDR in the election of 1936 to signify those who accepted great differences in personal wealth as appropriate

Social Security as stealing

Listen to Historian Mike O'Malley contextualize the letter.

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