A history of anti-poverty efforts in the United States from the New Deal to now.
Roosevelt launches the New DealAt the height of the Great Depression in 1932, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech outlining the New Deal — a major expansion of the social safety net. In the coming years, the federal government launched numerous new agencies with the mission of putting people back to work and increasing the standard of living in the United States. These included the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Housing Authority, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Federal Emergency Relief Administration.
In this photo, WPA workers build a new farm-to-market road along Knob Creek in Tennessee in 1936. The road connected the Muscle Shoals Highway with the Memphis Highway./Associated Press