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The National Youth Administration (NYA), begun in June 1935, assisted millions of Americans between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five. Motivated in part by the desire to dispel potential radicalism among young Americans, the NYA gave out 620,000 high-school and college scholarships. It created an additional four million part-time jobs for young Americans in such areas as roadwork and building renovation. By the end of the 1930s the NYA had helped more American young people than the CCC. Unlike the CCC, the NYA created a special Division of Negro Affairs. Under the administration of African American reformer and educator Mary McLeod Bethune, this division helped young black men and women secure scholarships and part-time jobs.

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Paul K. Conkin, F.D.R. and the Origin of the Welfare State (New York: Crowell, 1967); republished as The New Deal (New York: Crowell, 1969);

Martha Derthick, Policymaking for Social Security (Washington...

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