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Explore the Federal Reserve's History

President Harry Truman signs the Employment Act of 1946, which Congress passed as a compromise for his so-called "full employment" legislation.

Employment Act

President Truman signed the Act in 1946 in the aftermath of WWII

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.

Learn about the people who helped shape the Federal Reserve.


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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