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President Harry Truman Signs Employment Act of 1946

Employment Act of 1946

President Harry S. Truman signed this law on February 20, 1946, as hundreds of thousands of American soldiers returned home from World War II and the economy transitioned from wartime production.

Understand key economic events that impacted U.S. History.

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Marriner S. Eccles

Marriner S. Eccles

Eccles led the Fed at a time when the national economy was transitioning from the wartime production of World War II.

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The Fed's Functions

Did you know that the Fed's responsibilities include conducting monetary policy, supervising and regulating and providing services to financial institutions?

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Essays By Topic

Below are the essays by topic on the Federal Reserve History website.

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