Truman Announced A Fair Deal
January 5, 1949
A "Fair Deal" is what President Harry Truman
called his plan. He announced it in a speech on January 5, 1949.
His Fair Deal recommended that all Americans have health
insurance, that the minimum wage (the lowest amount of money per
hour that someone can be paid) be increased, and that, by law,
all Americans be guaranteed equal rights.
were not popular with the members of Congress. They rejected his
plans for national health insurance though they did raise the
minimum wage. What about equal employment rights for all
Truman also proposed the Fair Employment
Practices Act, which would outlaw racial and religious
discrimination in hiring. Congress passed the Employment Act in
1946 and clearly stated the government's responsibility in
helping to achieve full employment.