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[Detail] Migrant agricultural worker

The New Deal

Students can observe the effects of New Deal relief work by comparing pictures of makeshift shelters and tent cities with resettlement camps and showcase housing. Search tent, migrant camp, FSA, and labor camp for examples such as these. Or search Hightstown and El Monte for pictures of those model New Deal communities.

Search CCC for scenes such as this one depicting the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a program designed to preserve the country's natural resources while also creating new jobs.

For a different perspective, search WPA or NRA to access pictures whose lengthy captions reveal the limitations of New Deal relief services.