How the New Deal built N.C.

Have you ever been to a Broadway musical at Memorial Auditorium? Gone hiking in Umstead State Park? Seen a play at the Raleigh Little Theater?

If so, you have benefited from the granddaddy of all stimulus packages passed by Congress to revive a staggering economy.

President-elect Barack Obama is promising a major program of public works to help put Americans back to work. Last week, North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley urged the state's congressional delegation to support such a package.

All of this is reminiscent of the 1930s, when President Franklin Roosevelt proposed huge new spending programs to get the country out of the economic ditch.

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