Lead: Faced with burgeoning grass roots demands for social relief, the New Deal administration of Franklin Roosevelt circumvented radical demands with Social Security.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Following the stock market crash in late 1929 the economy of the United States contracted by almost 50%. Unemployment soared to unprecedented levels and radical demands for relief began to overwhelm the traditional American reluctance to provide or to go on welfare. In one of the most potent, the Townsend Clubs advocating the Townsend plan which would have provided a regularly monthly subsidy for all Americans over 60, had two million members. Congress began to feel the heat and react accordingly.

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