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Federal Emergency Relief Act Give a man a dolehandout and you save his body and distroy his spirit Give him a job and pay him an assured wage and you save both the body and the spirt --Harry Hopkins President Roosevelt wanted to give more to the people when he was in office than Hoover did when he was in office He chose a man named Harry L Hopkins to help him in succeeding The goal and purpose of the FERA was to have all of the unemployed be employed again or for the first time Hopkins was a forty-three-year-old social worker whose colorful outgoing personality made him very known to the people and press When congress created the FERA to help the people the Reconstruction Finance Corporation provided five hundred million dollars When the project was underway Roosevelt asked Hopkins to come to Washington to run it On Hopkins first day of his job May 22 1933 before he had an office he sat out in the hallway and handed out work relief forms Also by the end of Hopkins first day on he had pleased himself and several states with grants adding up to about five million dollars From then on Hopkins spent the money blindly The law required that each state set up a local FERA office and raise money through taxes bond issues borrowing or any thing else to raise money Some states like Ohio and West Virginia refused to make those allegations Even thought this all happened Hopkins was very committed to satisfying people he would get comments like I have a suggestion that will benefit the people- in the long run Hopkins would come back with the comment people dont eat in the long run- the eat everyday A lot of people wanted to work and were willing to anything just for money to call their own Its very hard for me to
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