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The 1930's
Social Security

The 1930's
The 1930's


Social Security
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.32

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    retiree, files, better, helping, registration, committee, drastic, spouse, lasted, introduction, knowing, secretary, economy, costing, capable, original
     content words:    United States, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Great Depression, President Roosevelt, Social Security, Social Security Board, United States Post Office, Ernest Ackerman, Cost-of-Living Adjustment


Social Security
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Do you know anyone who is retired? Do you know what it means to be retired? Many people work to make a living for many years. When they reach a certain age, they will quit work and retire from their job. When a person retires from a job, he or she will no longer be paid for working. How can a person afford to pay their bills when there is no money coming in?
 
2     Before the 1900s, most people relied on their families to take care of them when they could no longer work. Children took over the work of their fathers. They ran the farms. They continued the businesses. Three or four generations of the same family might live in the same house. The introduction of machinery and factories into the economy of the United States changed all that. Fewer children stayed home to run the family farms or businesses. They found better paying jobs in cities working in factories.
 
3     The late 1920s and early 1930s saw a depression tearing the economy to shreds. People lost their jobs. They lost their homes and businesses. Families were no longer capable of taking care of their own. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt inherited all of the problems of the Great Depression when he was elected president in 1932. He knew something drastic needed to be done to help the older citizens of the country. He also had to find new jobs for those still young enough to work.

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