On Aug. 14, 1935, the Social Security Act was passed. Howard Zinn said in 1994 in a Rethinking Schools interview:
Emphasizing social and protest movements in the making of history gives students a feeling that they as citizens are the most important actors in history… Students should learn that during the Depression there were strikes and demonstrations all over the country. And it was that turmoil and protest that created the atmosphere in which Roosevelt and Congress passed the Social Security Act.
Read more in the interview, “Why Students Should Study History: An Interview with Howard Zinn.”
Rethinking Schools editor Adam Sanchez describes how he teaches about this period in history in “Who Made the New Deal?”