Economic Bill Of Rights

   In his State of the Union Address to Congress on 11 January 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for measures to provide a second bill of rights offering U.S. citizens economic security in the postwar world. The principles he outlined included the right to employment and a living wage; the right to a fair and adequate return for farmers; freedom from unfair competition for businessmen; the right to a decent home; and medical care, education, and economic security against the risks of unemployment, accident, and old age. One measure enacted in line with these proposals was the Employment Act of 1946. Harry S. Truman’s Fair Deal also included some of these proposals.

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