I was trying to think what President Roosevelt said right after he took the oatth of office. Maybe he said, "Now we blame everything bad on Hoover." I rather think he said, "lets get to work."
He sat down with some aides and proposed the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). This was organized by the Army and took on jobs of public service projects in most of the states, beginning in 1933. They took men between the ages of 17-33 and paid them thirty dollars a month of which twenty five dollars went home to their parents.
During its existance, the CCC planted 3 billion trees to help reforest America, constructed more than 800 parks. and led to an awrenes of the great outdoors. Monies went home immediately to help the unemployed families. Maximum enrollment was 300,00 at one time. During the nine years of its existance, 2.5 million young men participed.
The WPA (Works Progress Administratio) employed older men for construction jobs around the country. The Saugatuck Oval was a WPA project. Even unemployed artists could work on painting signs and public arts projects. The pay varied from $50 to $100 per month depending on the skills required. Again it put the unemployed to wiork and the money went home to keep the family in necessities.
The NYA (National Youth Adminisration) provided work and education for youth from age 16 to 25, for both boys and girls. It seved 327,0000 high school and college youth who were paid from $6 to $40 a month for "work study"projects at their schools/ Annother group were paid $6 to $25 a month for part time work that included job training. in 1941 I was in NYA school in Rockford, Illinois. I earned $12 per month plus room and board to attend machine shop training. Unfortunately, there were too many students for the number of machines available, and the training was incomplete. The work experience was a lifelong help.
The Reconstruction Finance Corporation agency, created by Herbert Hoover was expanded by FDR. It financed construction and expansion of war plants, made loanS to foreign governments and engaged in numerous other activities. It was disbanded in 1957 after disbursing approximately $50 billion since its creation in 1932.
ALL THESE AGENCIES HELPED TO BRING THE COUNTRY OUT OF THE ECONOMICAL DUMPER, HOWEVER I THINK THE IMPORTANT THING IS, THE MONEY WAS NOT SOME HUGE STIMULUS PLAN, BUT THE DOLLARS WENT HOME TO HELP FAMILIES AND HELP THEM IMMEDIATELY. COULD IT WORK AGAIN?