Social Security Turns 75
Social Security was signed into law on August 14, 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. According to the Social Security Administration’s Historical Background and Development of Social Security page, Economic Security for citizens was the aim, but the initial act only included assistance to the unemployed, the elderly, and dependent children. The program would later include disability and medical coverage.
Find text of the original 1935 Social Security Act, early pioneers of the program, how social security numbers evolved, archived photos, and much more on the Social Security Administration’s Social Security History page. Also view President Obama’s August 14, 2010 75th anniversary proclamation.
The Administration is also asking citizens to join the celebration by sharing stories about the way Social Security benefits have touched their lives. Remember the first retirement payment received? Or how a disability or survivor’s benefit made a difference? Feel free to share that personal Social Security memory by visiting the Social Security Celebrates 75 Years of Public Service page.
For more information on Social Security, check out these books from the Monroe County Library System