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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?



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The Social Security Act of 1935 started a national old-age pension for workers who earned wages. This meant that at age 65 these workers could retire and receive monthly payments from the government. To pay for this program, workers and employers each paid a tax of 1 percent on the first $3,000 that a worker earned in a year. The Social Security Board distributed this poster in 1936 and 1937 to publicize this new program.

Social Security Board, 1936.

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