Increase Minimum Wage During The Great Depression

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Increase Minimum Wage
After the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed approximately 121 bills into law. One of these bills included the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 which would ban oppressive child labor, set the maximum workweek at 44 hours and finally, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents. President Roosevelt believed that it was the government’s duty to protect against “starvation wages and intolerable hours” (Grossman). Today, we still follow the principles that President Roosevelt laid out by having a federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. In the status quo there is a debate over whether there should be an increase in the minimum wage. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution states that “Congress shall have Power to provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States”; by interpreting the Constitution as a living Constitutionalist would, to provide for the general Welfare of the United States an increase in the minimum wage is necessary for its citizens (Barbour). The United States Constitution was written at a convention that Congress called on February 21, 1787. The framers intent behind creating the Constitution was to establish a limited federal government that would “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” (Barbour). Today, many people believe the constitution to be a living

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