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Learn about the creation of the U.S. Social Security system and Wisconsin's extensive influence on the program.

A Short History of Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Depression and Unemployment

Hard Times in Wisconsin

Discover the role Wisconsin played in ending the Great Depression

Historical Essay

Edwin Witte, 1887-1960

Father of the Social Security Act

Learn about this Wisconsin-born economist and his active role in the development of the Social Security Act.

Historical Essay

John R. Commons, 1862-1945

The Spiritual Father of Social Security

Read about the life of the "spiritual father" of Social Security and his connection with Progressive Wisconsin ideals.
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