Faculty Publications

Title

A Brief History of Social Security

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-27-2015

Abstract

Recipients of Social Security benefits today are not just retirees – they’re disabled workers, spouses and young children of deceased or disabled workers, and the spouses and survivors of retirees. This was not always the case. The original Social Security Act of 1935 created retirement benefits for only the retired worker, who became eligible at age 65.