Roosevelt outlines plan to create 3.5 million jobs in State of the Union address 80 years ago this hour (Jan 4 1935)

(Friday, January 4, 1935, 12:30 p.m. EST, during the Great Depression) — In his annual State of the Union address, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt told the Congress today that the “federal government must and shall quit this business of relief” by providing 3,500,000 jobs on public works projects for the nation’s idle “employables.”

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