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Explore the Federal Reserve's History

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau speaks at the conference that established the International Monetary Fund.

Bretton Woods Launched

The international currency system became operational in 1958

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

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William McChesney Martin Jr.

William McChesney Martin Jr.

Martin explained the Fed's decision to re-enter foreign currency markets to the Joint Economic Committeee in Jan. 1962.

Learn about the people who helped shape the Federal Reserve.

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The Fed's Functions

Federal Reserve Building

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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