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The Works Progress Administration and America
Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1935 as part of his New Deal, an effort to rebuild the economy of the U.S. Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA employed over 8.5 million Americans.
"WPA's building program included the construction of 116,000 buildings,
78,000 bridges, and 651,000 miles (1,047,000 km) of road and the
improvement of 800 airports." Columbia Encyclopedia
The New Deal and the WPA
The American Experience Surviving the Dust Bowl: the Works Progress Administration. "For an average salary of $41.57 a month, WPA employees built bridges, roads, public buildings, public parks and airports."
EH.Net's Works Progress Administration An economics professor analysis of the WPA.
Final Report on the WPA Program Published in 1946. WPA outcomes including the employment of more than 3 million people in 1939.
Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History the WPA: Antidote to the Great Depression? Nick Taylor, author of American Made: the Enduring Legacy of the WPA, offers an overall assessment of the WPA.
Library of Congress photographs in The Great Depression and the New Deal, part of its American Memory project.
How Stuff Works: 12 WPA Projects that Still Exist Including the American Guide Series, LaGuardia Airport, Camp David, and Jackson Pollock's Male and Female.
New Deal Network offers documents, photographs, and lesson plans.
Records of the WPA National Archives and Records Administration's finding aid to its holdings.
NationMaster's Works Progress Administration evaluation. Topics include types of projects, worker
profiles, relief for African Americans, employment, and criticism.
WPA: the African-American Mosaic - WPA significance for African Americans
| Kenner, Louisiana, 1936; WPA night school for African Americans, Courtesy of the WPA
WPA Federal Art Project
WPA Federal Music Project
WPA Federal Theatre Project
WPA Federal Writers' Project
The WPA and Maryland
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