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What Was The New Deal?

The New Deal was a set of federal programs launched by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after taking office in 1933, in response to the calamity of the Great Depression.

It had four major goals and achievements:

•Economic Recovery: The New Deal stabilized the banks and cleaned up the financial mess left over from the Stock Market crash of 1929.  It stabilized prices for industry and agriculture, and it aided bankrupt state and local governments.  And it injected a huge amount of federal spending to bolster aggregate incomes and demand.

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•Job Creation: One in four Americans was out of work by 1933.  The New Deal created a number of special agencies that provided jobs for millions of workers and wages that provided for desperate families. It also recognized the rights of workers to organize in unions.

•Investment in Public Works:  The New Deal built hundreds of thousands of highways, bridges, hospitals, schools, theaters, libraries, city halls, homes, post offices, airports, and parks across America—most of which are still in use today.

•Civic Uplift:  The New Deal touched every state, city, and town, improving the lives of ordinary people and reshaping the public sphere.  New Dealers and the men and women who worked on New Deal programs believed they were not only serving their families and communities, but building the foundation for a great and caring society.

In less than a decade, the New Deal changed the face of America and laid the foundation for success in World War II and the prosperity of the postwar era – the greatest and fairest epoch in American history.

The New Deal, 1933-1943, inspired a civic, cultural, and economic renaissance. But the New Deal is fading from collective memory—a casualty of time, neglect, and politics.


Alaska State Library

Click on the photo to see the Official Photo Album ~ Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corp. – Matanuska Colonization Project.

 

Imagine how our little town exploded in population – colonists, support personnel, and transient workers!

Building a Town: An introductory history of the transient workers of the Matanuska Valley Colony of 1935.

Names of Transient Workers  – The Transient Worker list is a work in progress – if you know names that should be added please let us know.

There are other New Deal Colonies around the United States –

Name
Location
Units
Type
Arthurdale Reedsville, WV
165
Stranded community
Burlington Project Burlington, ND
35
Stranded community
Cumberland Homesteads Crossville, TN
262
Stranded community
Red House Red House, WV
150
Stranded community
Tygart Valley Homesteads Elkins, WV
195
Stranded community
Westmoreland Homesteads Greensburg, PA
255
Stranded community
Casa Grande Valley Farms Pinal Co., AZ
60
Co-op farm
Lake Dick Jefferson and Arkansas Cos., AR
97
Co-op farm
Penderlea Homesteads Fender Co., NC
195
Co-op industrial
Terrebonne Terrebonne Parish, LA
73
Co-op plantation
Cahaba (Trussville Homesteads) Near Birmingham, AL
287
Resettlement community
Osage Farms Pettis Co., MO
86
Resettlement community
Albert Lea Homesteads Albert Lee, MN
14
Industrial
Arizona Part-time Farms Phoenix, AZ
91
Industrial
Austin Homestead Austin, MN
44
Industrial
Bankhead Farms Jasper, AL
100
Industrial
Beauxart Gardens Beaumont, TX
50
Industrial
Dalworthington Gardens Arlington, TX
79
Industrial
Dayton Homesteads Dayton, OH
35
Industrial
Decatur Homesteads Decatur, IN
48
Industrial
Duluth Homesteads Duluth, MN
84
Industrial
El Monte Homesteads El Monte, CA
100
Industrial
Granger Homesteads Granger, IA
50
Industrial
Greenwood Homesteads Near Birmingham, AL
83
Industrial
Hattiesburg Homesteads Hattiesburg, MS
24
Industrial
Houston Gardens Houston, TX
100
Industrial
Lake County Homesteads Chicago, IL
53
Industrial
Longview Homesteads Longview, WA
60
Industrial
Magnolia Homesteads Meridian, MS
25
Industrial
McComb Homesteads McComb, MS
20
Industrial
Mount Olive Homesteads Near Birmingham, AL
75
Industrial
Palmer Homestead Matanuska Valley, AK
203
Industrial
Palmerdale Homesteads Near Birmingtham, AL
102
Industrial
Phoenix Homesteads Phoenix, AZ
25
Industrial
San Fernando Homesteads Reseda, CA
40
Industrial
Three Rivers Gardens Three Rivers, TX
50
Industrial
Tupelo Homesteads Tupelo, MS
35
Industrial
Wichita Gardens Wichita Falls, TX
62
Industrial
Aberdeen Gardens Newport News, VA
159
Garden city for African-Americans
Allendale Farms South Carolina
?
Farm community for African-Americans
Flint River Farms Macon County, GA
146
Farm community for African-Americans
Gee’s Bend Farms Wilcox County, AL
100
Farm community for African-Americans
Mileston Farms Holmes County, MS
110
Farm community for African-Americans
Mounds Farms Madison and E. Carrol Parishes, LA
149
Farm community for African-Americans
Prairie Farms Macon County, AL
34
Farm community for African-Americans
Sabine Farms Texas
80
Farm community for African-Americans
Tillery Farms North Carolina
?
Farm community for African-Americans
Ironwood Homesteads Ironwood, MI
132
Garden city
Cherry Lake Farms Near Madison, FL
133
Farm & rural community
Pine Mountain Valley Harris Co., G
205
Farm & rural community
Fairbury Farmsteads Jefferson Co., NE
11
Farm village
Fall City Farmsteads Richardson Co., NE
10
Farm village
Grand Island Farmsteads Hall Co., NE
10
Farm village
Kearney Homesteads Buffalo Co., NE
10
Farm village
Loup City Farmsteads Sherman Co., NE
11
Farm village
Scottsbluff Farmsteads Scotts Bluff Co., NE
23
Farm village
Sioux Falls Farms Minnehaha Co., SD
14
Farm village
South Sioux City Farmsteads Dakota Co., NE
22
Farm village
Two Rivers Farmsteads Douglas and Saunders Cos., NE
40
Farm village
Woodlake Community Wood Co., TX
101
Farm village
Ashwood Plantation Lee Co., SC
161
Farm community
Biscoe Farms Prairie Co. AR
91
Farm community
Bosque Farms Valencia Co., NM
42
Farm community
Chicot Farms Chicot and Drew Cos., AK
85
Farm community
Christian-Trigg Farms Christian Co., KY
106
Farm community
Clover Bend Farms Lawrence Co., AR
91
Farm community
Desha Farms Desha and Dre Cos., AR
88
Farm community
Dyess Colony Mississippi Co., AR
275
Farm community
Escambia Farms Okaloosa Co., FL
81
Farm community
Flint River Farms Macon Co., GA
146
Farm community
Gee’s Bend Farms Wilcox Co., AL
100
Farm community
Hinds Farms Hinds Co., MS
81
Farm community
Irwinville Irwin Co., GA
103
Farm community
Kinsey Flats Custer Co., MT
80
Farm community
La Forge Farms New Madrid Co., MO
101
Farm community
Lakeview Farms Lee and Phillips Cos., AR
141
Farm community
Lonoke Farms Lonoke Co., AR
157
Farm community
Lucedale Farms George and Greene Cos., MS
93
Farm community
McLennan Farms McLennan Co., TX
20
Farm community
Mileston Farms Holmes Co., MS
110
Farm community
Mounds Farms Madison and East Carroll Parishes, LA
140
Farm community
Orangeburg Farms Orangeburg and Calhoon Cos., SC
80
Farm community
Pembroke Farms Robeson Co., NC
75
Farm community
Piedmont Homesteads Jasper Co., GA
50
Farm community
Plum Bayou Jefferson Co., AR
200
Farm community
Prairie Farms Macon Co., AL
34
Farm community
Richton Homesteads Richton, MS
26
Farm community
Roanoke Farms Halifax Co., NC
294
Farm community
Ropesville Farms Hockley Co., TX
76
Farm community
Sabine Farms LHarrison Co., TX
80
Farm community
Saginaw Valley Farms Saginaw Co., MI
33
Farm community
Sam Houston Farms Harris Co., TX
86
Farm community
Scuppernong Farms Tyrrell and Washington Cos., NC
127
Farm community
Shenandoah Homesteads Five counties in VA
160
Farm community
Skyline Farms Jackson Co., AL
181
Farm community
St. Francis River Farms Poinsett Co., AK
86
Farm community
Tiverton Farms Sumter Co., SC
29
Farm community
Townes Farms Crittenden Co., AR
37
Farm community
Transylvania Farms East Carroll Parish, LA
163
Farm community
Trumann Farms Poinsett Co., AR
57
Farm community
Wichita Valley Farms Wichita Co., TX
91
Farm community
Wolf Creek Grady Co., GA
24
Farm community
Drummond Project Bayfield Co., WI
32
Forest homesteads
Sublimity Farms Laurel Co., KY
66
Forest homesteads
Jersey Homesteads Near Hightstown, NJ
206
Subsistence homesteads
Total Units (including green towns)  
10,938
 

The total construction cost for all New Deal towns was $108,095,328.00. The average cost per unit was $9,961.00
(Source: “Tomorrow a New World: The New Deal Community Program”, Paul K. Conkin)

This and more information can be found at National New Deal Preservation Association – learn more!