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Timeline: 1930s

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Thumbs Down In 1933, Congress passes first “New Deal” reforms to stabilize economy, create jobs, and provide relief to the needy.

Thumbs Down Some land and self-government rights are returned to tribes in the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

Thumbs DownDecade of 1930s has highest levels in U.S. history— average 167 per year.

Thumbs Down Wagner Act of 1935 affirms the right of workers to unionize and bargain collectively with employers.

Thumbs Down Half of elderly lack the income to support themselves. Townsend Movement presses for basic pensions, leading to Social Security Act of 1935.

Thumbs Down Walsh-Healey Act of 1936 sets safety standards, minimum wage, overtime pay and child labor provisions for federal contractors.

Thumbs DownNAACP sues for equal pay for black and white teachers.

Legal challenges begin to chip away at the separate-but-equal doctrine.

In 1937, United Auto Workers Union signs a contract with General Motors after sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan.

Thumbs DownIn 1936 the federal law prohibiting the dissemination of contraceptive information through the mail is modified and birth control information is no longer classified as obscene.

Thumbs Up The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 establishes minimum wage and overtime pay; outlaws child labor.

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