By Jason Scott Smith

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Reconstructing the tale of the way reformers used public authority to reshape the country, Jason Scott Smith argues that the hot Deal produced a revolution in state-sponsored financial improvement. the size and scope of this dramatic federal funding in infrastructure laid an important foundations--sometimes literally--for postwar development, prestaging the nationwide highways and the military-industrial advanced. This extraordinary and exhaustively researched research underscores the significance of the hot Deal in comprehending political and financial switch in sleek the United States.

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In fact, Costigan and La Follette, together with Robert Wagner, were known as the “three musketeers” in the fight for public works spending. Private con- tracting organizations, such as the American Road Builders Association, also joined in this fight, calling for the creation of a federal department ‘ of public works. ” The American Federation of Labor’s building trades unions echoed these Calls, lobbying the government to undertake the widespread construction of public works projects. “ The first 100 days of Roosevelt’s first term, one of the most creative periods of governance in United States history, havs assumed almost mythic -for the i status.

I ' ‘ were willing to cast aside social concerns in the they played a crucial role in carrying 9066, interning Japanese Americans in relocation of wartime emergency when - ‘ they on the West Coast. Chapter 8 traces the postwar legacy of New Deal public works, exploring their influence on the development of federal highway policy up to the I956 Federal—Aid Highway Act. While the Federal Works Agency continued to function until I 949, at this point the federal government again reorganized its public works bureaucracy.

1. reprinted several excerpts from the Special Board minutes to in his Back to Work. The only historian to make sustained use of this source is Virilliam D. ; and “The Politics of Public Works, 1933—1935” (PhD. , Tulane University, 1968). _ Economic Development and Unemployment many of the plans formulated by RFC 33 personnel, these New Dealers still had much work ahead: They had to build a new organization from scratch, ' determine their priorities, and overcome obstacles to public construction, such as city-charter and state-constitutional provisions against carrying “ agenda quickly, the PWA, like ‘1‘ other New Deal public works programs, chose to appoint to its staff civil “and military engineers who were skilledat construction, instead of hiring workers who were experienced in dealing with the unemployed.

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