Works Progress Administration

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  • At the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of many organizations intended to put Americans to work. The WPA received funding through the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act of 1935. The act's intent was to remove Americans from the “dole” and return them to work, providing for their physical and mental support and health. Its provisions funded state and local projects. The recognition of the widespread economic disaster facing the nation led to a wide range of assistance programs: widows, divorcees, artists of all caliber, scholars, educators, and infrastructure items were beneficiaries of these nationwide aspirations to restore stability. No region in the nation was exempt from the New Deal. By the time the program ended ...

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