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USA Work Program WPA
USA Work Program WPA
Digital CollectionStreet Art Graphics
TitleUSA Work Program WPA
ContributorUnited States. Works Progress Administration
Time Span1939-1943
Geographic LocationUnited States
Classgraphic arts
Description"Works Progress Administration (WPA), also called (1939–43) Work Projects Administration. This work program for the unemployed was created in 1935 under U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. Although critics called the WPA an extension of the dole or a device for creating a huge patronage army loyal to the Democratic Party, the stated purpose of the program was to provide useful work for millions of victims of the Great Depression and thus to preserve their skills and self-respect. The economy would in turn be stimulated by the increased purchasing power of the newly employed, whose wages under the program ranged from $15 to $90 per month. In 1939 the Works Progress Administration altered its name to Work Projects Administration. In that year increasing charges of mismanagement and of abuse of the program by workers led to a reduction in appropriations, and a strike by construction workers against wage cuts was unsuccessful. In 1943, with the virtual elimination of unemployment by a wartime economy, the WPA was terminated." -- Britannica Academic Edition
SubjectUnited States. Works Progress Administration; New Deal, 1933-1939; depressions -- 1929 --United States; job creation -- United States -- history --20th century
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