Public Works Administration

June, 16 1933

Who was the program intended to help?

It was intended to spend $6 billion to help revive the economy.

What was the program intended to do?

It was designed to spend big bucks on big projects to get people working and to get the economy going.

Does this program fall under Relief, Recovery, or Reform program of Roosevelt's New Deal Program? Explain.

It was put out by the National Industrial Recovery Act. It was to help the economy recover.

How successful do you believe this program was at relieving the economic crisis?

It did build new airports, dams, aircraft carriers, schools and hospitals. But it did not help industry to get going again. It still left a lot of people unemployed. Not many small businesses were created from it either.

How does this program add to your understanding of the Great Depression?

It helped me to realize how bad the problem of unemployment was and how hard this is to fix.

Does this program still exist today? Explain.

No, when the country started producing products for the war, the PWA was shut down in 1941. It was no longer needed. It should not have be around today because we have to build power plants-Jackson EMC and Georgia Power, and country's build their own schools.

The Civilian Conservation Corps put young men to work on conservation projects in healthy rural environments. Planted over 26 billion trees, fought forest fires, built trails, campgrounds, and reservoirs.

The Public Works Administration contracted with private construction companies to put additional people to work.

The Works Progress Administration hired unemployed directly. It was the largest public works initiative in American history and employed 3.3 million people at its height. It also built 1000 road bridges, tunnels, parks, airports, schools, courthouses, and post offices.