Please discuss three programs that were instituted in the New Deal which helped Americans return to work but also helped the nation. What type of work did the participants do? How did this work help the nation?

The New Deal created many work programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, Tennessee Valley Authority and the Works Progress Administration. These programs provided employment on programs that had lasting value for the country.

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Many of the New Deal's programs were deigned to have lasting value for the country. This meant that the projects would continue to help the nation long after the work had been finished on them and the last workers had been paid. The Civilian Conservation Corps employed young men in creating schools and parks. The program housed young men in the barracks and encouraged them to send money home to their families. This provided work to a demographic that was expected to learn skills in manual trades. The general public benefited from the program with the expansion of parks and schools, many of which are still in use today.

Tennessee Valley Authority employed thousands of young men in the Southeast in creating dams and erosion control. The program remains one of the largest employers in the region. The general public benefits from its flood control and inexpensive electricity.

The Works Progress Administration employed thousands in creating airports and other infrastructure improvements. LaGuardia Airport, created during this era, remains one of the nation's busiest airports. The program also employed artists and sculptors who created murals and statues for the public's benefit. The program also employed historians who took the oral histories of former slaves—these oral histories are an invaluable primary source for both teachers and students.

One of the criticisms of the New Deal was that it made the government a major employer. However, many of the New Deal's accomplishments continue to be valuable parts of society today. This is part of the legacy of the Roosevelt administration.

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