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New Deal Projects

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"I PLEDGE YOU, I PLEDGE MYSELF, TO A NEW DEAL FOR THE AMERCAN PEOPLE"

The stock market crash in 1929 sent the U.S. economy plummeting along with it. By 1932, U.S. domestic industrial output had fallen more than 50 percent and unemployment was reaching 30 percent. Texas, a member of the predominantly rural South, was undergoing its own Dust Bowl disaster and suffered particular hardships all its own. But 1932 also saw the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who ushered in a dramatic change for the economy. Roosevelt introduced a package of federal regulations and massive public works programs designed to reinvigorate the country and provide Americans, including Texans, with jobs.

Called "The New Deal," Roosevelt's plan replaced the laissez-faire policies of the previous administration and created a lasting legacy of jobs, restoration, and cultural progress that can still be seen in our parks, museums, public institutions, music, and art. Programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps and those spearheaded by the Works Progress Administration provided employment, services, and infrastructure throughout Texas as well as the rest of the country. While the most important results were felt by Texans at the time—getting back to work—Roosevelt's New Deal legacy survives in post office murals, state park facilities, and public works projects across the state.

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