During the New Deal era, unemployed Americans were offered job opportunities in the WPA, surveying, collecting, organizing, and preserving our nation's history. Much of their work product is still treasured today, for example their work on the Historic American Buildings Survey, their work on the Index of American Design, and their oral histories/interviews with former slaves.
We could do the same type of thing for unemployed Americans today. For example, they could view, summarize, organize, label, and even transfer to digital format, these neglected World War II films at the National Archives. It would be a multiple-win situation: The Archives would get some needed help, unemployed Americans would get some money & skills, Americans all across the country could enjoy films that haven't been viewed in decades (if ever), and most importantly, we would be honoring the American soldiers who served in World War II, over 400,000 of whom died for our freedom.
Isn't that amazing?
"Smithsonian, National Archives adjusting summer hours because of budget cuts," Washington Post, April 16, 2013.
"National Archives Cancels Tours Due To Budget Cuts," Associated Press, Talking Points Memo, March 15, 2013.
"Super rich getting super richer," CNN, September 8, 2014.