Here is a PDF with description and photos which show the need that lead to the act You should visit the photos in this link to see the WPA and a time when we realized that help, not judgement, was what people needed.
We become buffered in our comfort and do not think of the suffering of poverty until poverty finds us. We became fat and pass judgement on the poor as if we were not fortunate but gifted and the poor just didn’t work as hard. I got mine is our mantra.
When the depression caused ordinary people to need help, it woke us up. The impetus to help and social programs and the taxing of the rich led to the richest economic times of our history and near full employment. The hard times started again in 1980 when we started to think of the poor as just the “homeless” and “we had ours” so the rich man’s taxes went down and the economy with it. When the poor are those people in rags over there it’s so easy to adjust your fine coat and walk away. When it gets close to home and the coat gets ragged, the opinion flips like a pancake. Anyone who thinks the few will help the many has been fooled by the few.