Soup line for the unemployed, Chicago

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Date
1931 ca.
Credit Line
Courtesy of the National Archives, photo 306-NT-165.319c
Copyright Owner
© United States. National Archives and Records Administration
Keywords
Social Security; Great Depression
Object ID
500004198

Social Security was one of several programs created in the 1930s as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to stimulate recovery during the Great Depression. Social Security provided retirement, unemployment, and death benefits, although various exclusions exempted nearly half the working population.