These sources indicate the importance of action in New Deal programs. The piece about the Dust Bowl shows us the sense of desperation in those that have not moved forward. The Oklahoma and pandhandle of Texas suffered so much from environmental destruction that many people found it necessary to leave the region entirely.
The New Deal programs demonstrate that not only is it important for people to get back to work, but also to utilize natural resources in a more efficient and productive manner. FDR stresses that rebuilding the country also means improving it for the future and ensuring that it would continue to grow. In addition to the Hoover dam, the Chrystler building, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller center and Mount Rushmore (to name a few) were all completed in the midst of the Great Depression. Clearly these were all very expensive projects, and they all epitomize America today. The old adage, "you have to spend money to make money" resonates with me as I imagine the country in crisis continuing to build rather than recoil in fear.
What, in your mind, did these New Deal programs accomplish? What impact did they have on how the United States imagined itself?