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The Works Progress Administration (renamed during 1939 as the Works Project Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.

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Do any know what the Works Progress Administration meant by "matron service?"
Novelist and short story writer Fannie Hurst was born in Hamilton, Ohio on this day in 1889. "Some people think they are worth a lot of money just because they have it." --Fannie Hurst Fannie Hurst (1889-1968) was an American novelist. Born in Hamilton, Ohio, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, she graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1909. Hurst was a member of the Lucy Stone League, the Urban League, and was appointed to the National Advisory Committee to the Works Progress Administration in 1940. She was also a delegate to the World Health Organization in 1952. She published over twenty novels and story collections in her lifetime, including Stardust, Lummox, A President Is Born, Back Street, and Imitation of Life.
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The New Deal also greatly influenced the American Labor Movement, especially through the following legislation: Through the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 the National Recovery Administration (NRA) came into being. The NRA attempted to revive industry by raising wages, reducing work hours and reining in unbridled competition. Portions of the NRA were ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1935; however, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which was the second part of the NRA, was allowed to stand. The majority of its collective bargaining stipulations survived in two subsequent bills. The NRA — a product of meetings among such “Brain Trust” advisors as Raymond Moley, big business leaders, and labor unionists — illustrated Roosevelt`s willingness to work with, rather than against, business interests. Employees were guaranteed the right to negotiate with employers through unions of their choosing by the Wagner Act of 1935, and it established a Labor Relations Board as a forum ...
The time has come for a modern day revamp of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1935 Works Progress Administration (WPA), a public works program enacted during the Great Depression. At a total cost of $10.5 billion - the equivalent of $130.9 billion today - the WPA rescued a nation from the Great Depressio…
Coronado Heights Park, Lindsborg, Kansas was a Works Progress Administration in the 1930's, it recei
What a wonderful tool for viewing the legacy of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
This Day at Law: On this day in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an executive order creating the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was just one of many Great Depression relief programs created under the auspices of the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, which Roosevelt had signed the month before. The WPA, the Public Works Administration (PWA) and other federal assistance programs put unemployed Americans to work in return for temporary financial assistance. Out of the 10 million jobless men in the United States in 1935, 3 million were helped by WPA jobs alone.
TODAY IN LABOR HISTORY! May 06 Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) established at a cost of $4.8 billion—more than $72 billion in 2011 dollars—to provide work opportunities for millions during the Great Depression - 1935 Four hundred black women working as tobacco stemmers walk off the job in a spontaneous revolt against poor working conditions and a $3 weekly wage at the Vaughan Co. in Richmond, Va. - 1937
JOLIET – The Joliet Park District board and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has scheduled for Tuesday an open house on the future of the Pilcher Park Dam. The district announced in November that IDNR and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are considering demolition of the Depression-era structure, which was built as a Works Progress Administration job to create work along with a 3,000-foot-long pool for fishing, swimming and ice skating. The park district currently only allows fishing in the pond. The district’s main concern is liability, park district executive director Dominic Egizio said. “If that dam collapses, it’s the park district’s responsibility to deal with,” Egizio said. “Now if they [IDNR] want to come in and remove it, it doesn’t cost us a dime.” Park district and IDNR officials will be at the open house to answer questions. A biologist will talk about how removal of the dam will improve fishing by allowing fish and mussels to migrate upstream, Egizio said. Exampl ...
It was on this day in 1935 that Congress approved funding for President Franklin Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration, known as the WPA, a program designed to put unemployed Americans back to work. By the time the WPA was dissolved in 1943, it had employed more than 8.5 million people, working on 1.4 million projects. Another branch of the WPA was its arts programs, collectively known as "Federal One," which included the Federal Writers' Project and the Federal Theater Project. At first, Harry Hopkins was criticized for including artists — some people argued that they never had steady jobs to begin with, so shouldn't be considered unemployed. Hopkins responded: *** They've got to eat just like other people." Of more than 8 million people who worked for the WPA, only 40,000 were employed by Federal One, but the list included Jackson *** Mark Rothko, John Cheever, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, Saul Bellow, Kenneth Rexroth, Arthur Miller, and Orson Welles. The flagship pr ...
Photographs of Rowan County (Goodman Paxton Collection - University of Kentucky) WPA Projects - Stone Quarry In 1935 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt formed the Works Progress Administration which was later re-named Work Projects Administration. The WPA program was part of his "New Deal" for America, a plan to create jobs after the Great Depression. The WPA was abolished in 1942. Here we see the mining of stone at the Bluestone quarry for use in the constuction of several public works (mostly schools and voting houses) in Rowan County.
1513 - Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain 1820 - The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos 1862 - John D Lynde patents aerosol dispenser 1879 - Milk was sold in glass bottles for 1st time 1913 - 17th amendment, requiring direct election of senators, ratified 1935 - Works Progress Administration approved by Congress 1943 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases to common carriers and public utilities 1946 - League of Nations assembles for last time 1952 - President Harry Truman seizes steel mills to avert a strike 1966 - Leonid Brezhnev elected secretary-general of communist party 1969 - Denton Cooley, got 1st fully artificial heart, dies at 48 1974 - Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta 1975 - Frank Robinson debuts as 1st black baseball manager 1981 - Omar Bradley, last US 5-star ...
Charles Henry Alston (November 28, 1907 – April 27, 1977) was an African-American painter, sculptor, illustrator, muralist and teacher who lived and worked in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. Alston was active in the Harlem Renaissance; Alston was the first African-American supervisor for the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project. Alston designed and painted murals at the Harlem Hospital and the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building. In 1990 Alston's bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. became the first image of an African American displayed at the White House. While obtaining his master's degree, Alston was the boys’ work director at the Utopia Children's House, started by James Lesesne Wells. He also began teaching at the Harlem Arts Workshop, founded by Augusta Savage in the basement of what is now the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Alston's teaching style was influenced by the work of John Dewey, Arthur Wesley Dow, and Thomas Munro. During this period, Alst ...
The story of Clara & Eartha White and The Clara White Mission: The Clara White Mission was founded in 1904, but traces its origins to 1880s Jacksonville where former slave, Clara English White fed hungry neighbors from her two-room house on Clay street, over the years her daughter, nationally recognized humanitarian Dr. Eartha M. M. White, molded the labor of love into a thriving social agency. By 1932, the "mission work", as Eartha and Clara referred to it, had grown so large it could no longer be managed in a residential setting. Eartha White obtained the old Globe Theatre Building on West Ashley Street, and dedicated the facility to the memory of her mother. The Clara White Mission became the base from which Eartha White directed her many activities. The facility itself housed a variety of projects and programs over the years in addition to the feeding program for which the agency remains best known. During the Depression, WPA (Works Progress Administration) arts and sewing projects were headquartered ...
Herbert Hardesty (born March 3, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a musician who plays tenor saxophone and trumpet. He is best known for his association with New Orleans pianist Fats Domino and producer Dave Bartholomew beginning in 1948. He released six 45rpm records as Herb Hardesty between 1959-1962 and his first CD of these recordings and others made but never issued in 1958 were released worldwide in July 2012 by Ace Records (United Kingdom), The Domino Effect. Herbert Hardesty began trumpet lessons in school at age 6 and used a trumpet which Louis Armstrong gave to his stepfather.[2] He also took lessons from Professor Valmore Victor and began playing in a local Works Progress Administration big band. By 1939 he was getting paid to play with bands led by Papa Celestin, Sidney Desvigne, and others. Chick Webb also asked him to perform with his Orchestra.[3] Hardesty enlisted in the military in 1941 even though he was two years below the minimum draft age. At the United States Army Air Corps base in ...
A FALSE CHOICE Today Ezra Klein at the Washington Post makes this point: The American left can focus on reducing income inequality or it can focus on long term joblessness. It cannot do both and the choice leads to very different policies. But it's a false choice. Reducing income inequality is an aspiration, one that would take decades to achieve. It makes for great applause lines and sure fire headlines. But it demands the kind of hard work, persistence and determination that few on the Left ever muster. Reducing unemployment, however, requires the kind of hard nosed, don't-take-no-for-an-answer approach that then Speaker Pelosi used to enact the Affordable Care Act. A modern version of the Works Progress Administration could put 8 million Americans to work in a year. It, too, is an applause and headline grabber. But a WPA 2.0 would dramatically reduce those unemployment lines. So the choice isn't between inequality and joblessness. It is between inaction and action.
Communists in government During the New Deal the Communists established a network of a dozen or so members working for the government. Harold Ware  led the largest group which worked in the Agriculture Adjustment Administration (AAA). Secretary of Agriculture Wallace got rid of them all in a famous purge in 1935. Ware died in 1935 and some individuals such as Alger Hiss moved to other government jobs. Other Communists worked for the National Labor Relations Board, the National Youth Administration, the Works Progress Administration, the Federal Theater Project, the Treasury, and the Department of State. The issue of Communists in government became a favorite conservative attacking point in the late 1930s. In 1938 Congressman Martin Dies,a Texas Democrat, and his newly created House Un-American Activities Committee investigated Communist subversion of labor unions and gained national headlines. In 1935-39,American Communists followed Stalin's "Popular front" approach and supported the New Deal. The Party' ...
Quartz Mountain State Park (since 2002 called Quartz Mountain Nature Park) is one of ten original sites contemplated by the Oklahoma legislature in 1935, when it appropriated twenty-five thousand dollars to create a State Park Commission to work with the National Park Service in securing funds and labor through the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a federal government job program. The legislature asked local residents to purchase the land and donate it to the state. Citizens of Greer County purchased 158.3 acres of land adjacent to Lake Altus for $51.58. Additional acreage has been added over the intervening years, bringing the total park area to 4,540 acres. Construction began in 1936, with CCC labor building hiking trails picnic areas and boat ramps, finishing their work in 1940. That same year the Bureau of Reclamation, under the U.S. Department of the Interior, began reconstruction of Lugert Dam using Works Progress Administration (WPA) labor. The new, larger Altus-Lugert Lake enhanced the attractiv ...
“I've only done one piece of work in my whole life and I am still at it. I wanted to paint people of color as normal humans. I tell the story of man through the black figure.” Allen Crite Encouraged by his mother, Allen Rohan Crite grew up drawing and painting. He later attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Like many African American artists during his time he worked as a Works Progress Administration artist. In the 1940s, he started a job with the Navy as technical illustrator. A devout Episcopalian, religion framed much of his work with the rest exploring the African American experience in his neighborhood. His mission was to depict African Americans as ordinary citizens and he steered away from stereotypical illustrations. How does this image of schoolchildren differ from other images of African Americans in the 1930s? Photo: Allan Rohan Crite (1910–2007), School's Out, 1936, oil on canvas, 30 1/4 X 36 1/8 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the Museum of Modern ...
Master Plan for Pease Park . . . The Pease Park Conservancy has selected WRT (Wallace, Roberts & Todd, LLC) as landscape architects to prepare a Master Plan for Pease Park and an adjacent portion of the Shoal Creek Greenbelt north of the park. The Master Plan will provide a long-range vision to guide the further restoration and preservation of this historic green space located in Central Austin. Since 2008, the Pease Park Conservancy has led efforts to improve the area’s landscape, including planting 500 new trees and restoring historic features in the park, such as the Tudor Cottage and Memorial Entry Gates constructed in the 1920s and the picnic tables installed by the Works Progress Administration. The Austin Parks and Recreation Board must review and approve the Master Plan before its presentation to the City Council for final approval . . . InFactDaily
THROWBACK THURSDAY BONUS: Seventy five years ago, New Deal administrator William Pryor was in Carbon Hill to shoot a series of photographs that demonstrated how the city had benefited from the Works Progress Administration following the Great Depression, from which Carbon Hill had been especially hard hit. Photographs in the attached slide show were taken from Sept. 20 to Sept. 25 in 1938.
Fascinating study of New Ulm, Minnesota and hydrology studies Archaeological evidence found outside the park confirms that prehistoric Native Americans inhabited the Cottonwood River valley. A few sites were as much as 7,000 years old, though most were 2,000 years old or less. At the time of European contact in the mid-17th century the area was home to the Dakota.[4]:41 Pioneers began settling the Cottonwood Valley in the 1830s.[2] In less than a century, though, the valley floor was largely abandoned due to the periodic flooding.[6] State park creation To help combat unemployment during the Great Depression, federal funding was dedicated to park development throughout the United States. The Cottonwood River valley was selected as it was in a well-populated region with no other large recreational area or lakes. Moreover the land was largely abandoned and seemingly in need of flood control structures.[6][7] The state of Minnesota purchased the property in 1934. The first Works Progress Administration (WPA) ...
Celebrated yesterday with of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)with an Art Deco Tour of
Who can name some of the projects created by the WPA [Works Progress Administration] in the 1930s in Johnston?
The WPA was the Works Progress Administration, a jobs program, it had 0 to do w/crushing `Hitler or interning any1.
From 1936 to 1938 the Works Progress Administration paid writers and journalists to interview former slaves, l...
In the 1930s, the government hired unemployed writers to produce travel guides, children’s books, and other works —
That WPA scale model of downtown L.A. at new Becoming LA exhibit? Here it is being painted, ca.1940:
Munsinger Gardens History During the 1880s, the lower east bank of the Mississippi River was the site of a sawmill. But by 1915, the city purchased the area for use as a neighborhood park. Eventually the site became known as Riverside Park and Munsinger Gardens, the latter section named in honor of a former superintendent of parks, Joseph Munsinger. Munsinger Gardens has experienced many different stages of development. Improvements to the gardens occurred during the Great Depression through the Works Progress Administration. Projects from this period included planting trees and flowerbeds. Other additions included the creation of rock-lined paths, a lily pond and fountain.
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From 1936 to 1943, the Works Progress Administration created over 2,000 elaborate posters dedicated to a plethora...
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Foster Auditorium is a multi-purpose facility at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was built in 1939 as a Works Progress Administration project and has been used for Alabama basketball, women's sports (in the 1970s and 1980s), graduations, lectures, concerts, and other large gathe...
News release submitted to various media outlets today. . . Friends Group Reaches Halfway Point in it's Fundraising Efforts With the focus on saving the Citizen Park Rec Center building, the Friends of C P Rec Center have announced that they have reached to half way point in their fundraising efforts. At the same time, the Friends group is also proud to announce that construction has begun on the first of several renovation projects, with ACE Building adding new men and women handicapped accessible restrooms. The building, known to many as the Armory building and located at 930 N 18th St, is the home of many Manitowoc Recreation Department activities, Rollaire Skate Center and is the neighbor of the Manitowoc Aquatic Center. The physical building is in need of several upgrades including HVAC replacement, roofing work, the replacement of several original windows and the above mentioned restroom upgrades. "This building was constructed in 1939 as part of President Roosevelt's "Works Progress Administration" ...
Kinda late to the party, but blow me if The Works Progress Administration album is not a fine piece of work! are you Midas?! ;)
We have created image galleries of Works Progress Administration activity in Kentucky.
oh yeah I think we need something like another Works Progress Administration for sure. That worked big time
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Let's consider Week One the prototype for the photo collage challenge...and give it a try with the added dimension of a clue for each picture to guide you on your search. Combine that with the added incentive of...wait for it... -Two tickets w/seating in the VIP section -Two Feed Your Brain T-shirts Find a buddy and hit the streets! Send us your numbered list of guesses by midnight on Friday, May 24. Same rules still apply. Here are the clues: Clues 1. N'Awlins...Loveland style 2. Did you know these were numbered?2. 3. This statue is "Maid Rite". 4. Surf and never leave dry land 5. Jammin' on the shoreline 6. Where in the world does the city council meet? 7. On October 6, 1936, the city of Loveland was given $20,000 by the family whose name graces this historic building. That gift spawned a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project to “uplift and benefit the community.” The result? Two years later, the downtown _ Community Building was completed. 8. Water, water everywhere...below you. 9. Just a sw ...
Thanks to Dale Tomlin for sharing this! This was Mrs. Laura Pogue’s First Grade class in 63-64, in the old stone schoolhouse built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, now replaced by the east wing of McDowell. I recognize Dale, Linda Patton Duffey, Melody Wells, Doug Swann, Brenda Eubanks and Margaret Perry, and of course, Mr. Puryear. I'm near the bottom where I ranked academically. In my advancing years, I can't put names together with a lot of familiar faces. Help me out, classmates! Thanks.
Public radio icon Garrison Keillor celebrated the birth of the WPA this morning with this story: "On this day in 1935, Franklin Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration, the New Deal's largest and most ambitious agency. During its run, which ended in 1943 and cost about $11 billion, the W...
boardwalk foundation constructed by the Works Progress Administration in 1937 provides support once again
Vintage library poster circa 1933, by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Chicago.
Happy Friday, everyone! Today's highlight is one of our Works Progress Administration paintings:...
Did you know the San Antonio River Walk was a Works Progress Administration project designed by a UT grad?
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"Not Sure" by Works Progress Administration is the perfect song for me right now.
ok loves, here's a quick refresher on Roosevelt administration New Deal -era policies: +passed the 21st amendment to the Constitution, which ended Prohibition by repealing the 18th Amendment +declared a four-day national banking holiday to prevent a run on the banks (everyone withdrawing their money in fear); then pushed Congress to legislate reopening of banks only after certification by the federal government that they were sound, insuring of deposits through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation +provided large sums of federal money for direct payments to needy citizens through grants (rather than loans) to the states +established the Works Progress Administration (WPA) which devised special projects to provide employment for skilled and unskilled labor and for such persons as writers, artists, actors, and musicians +established the Public Works Administration (PWA) which began a vast program of public works—the construction of public buildings, highways, dams, and similar projects +established t ...
Listening to some Jason Isbell, Teddy Thompson and Works Progress Administration while waiting to head to dinner with friends. These + Luke Bulla and Hayes Carll were my favorite (sort of) new listens at a recent music festival. WPA is a supergroup with Sara Watkins (Nickleback), Sean Watkins (Nickleback), Luke Bulla (Lyle Lovett), Glen Phillips (from Toad the Wet Sprocket) and some other folks. If you like folk, bluegrass, country you might enjoy any of these people.
Narrative of Charley Williams EXCERPTS *Enslaved in Louisiana, 1843-1865 Interview conducted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1937 Federal Writers’ Project, WPA In the 1930s over 2,300 formerly enslaved African Americans were interviewed by members of the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal agency in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression. Charley Williams’s narrative is presented as transcribed by the interviewer. In these excerpts he describes the 300-acre plantation in northeastern Louisiana on which he lived and worked. (Bracketed notes added by NHC.) . . . I was borned on the ’leventh of January, in 1843, and was old enough to vote when I got my freedom, but I didn’t take no stock in all dat politics and goings on at dat time, and I didn’t vote till a long time after old Master passed away, but I was big enough before de War to remember everything pretty plain. Library of Congress Charley Williams, age 94, with his granddaughter at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1937 Old Mast ...
Black History Month: Palmer Hayden (1890-1973) Painter, Harlem Renaissance and Beyond Born Peyton Cole Hedgeman in Wide Water, Virginia, he was a prolific artist of his era. He depicted African American life, painting in both oils and watercolors. As a young man, Hayden studied at the Cooper Union in New York City and also practiced independent studies at Boothbay Art Colony in Maine. He created one of his first famous pieces in 1926, a still life called "Fetiche et Fleurs," which won the esteemed Harmon Foundation’s Gold Award, prompting his patrons to support him so he could live and study in France.Over the next five years in Paris, Hayden was very productive, trying to capture elements of Parisian society. On his return to America, Hayden began working for the United States government. He worked for the U.S. Treasury Art Project as well as the Depression-era government-funded Works Progress Administration (WPA). Hayden took his inspiration from the environment around him, focusing on the African Ame ...
Robert Earl Jones -Born in Mississippi, the specific location of his birth is unclear as some sources indicate Senatobia, while others suggest nearby Coldwater. Additionally, his date of birth has been variously reported by different sources as between 1900 and 1911. The most likely date is 1910 as reported by the United States Social Security Administration. Jones had to leave school to become a sharecropper, and later he became a prizefighter before making his way, via Chicago, to New York City and a career on stage and in film. Under the name "Battling Bill Stovall", he was a sparring partner of Joe Louis. Altogether Jones appeared in more than twenty films, including The Cotton Club (1984) and The Sting (1973). Jones was a living link with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, having worked with Langston Hughes early in his career. In New York in the 1930s Jones worked with young people on the Works Progress Administration, the largest New Deal agency, through which he met Langston Hughes, wh ...
ACTION NOW: It's an excellent time in history to bring back the Civilian Conservation Corps & Works Progress Administration.
Hey, I was on a plane, so I didn't see the live. Is it true Obama proposed a Works Progress Administration?
Did the President just announce the re-creation of the Works Progress Administration?
"Fix it first" program? Sounds like public works ala Works Progress Administration.
Check out image displays of Works Progress Administration activity in Kentucky.
Arkansas Archeological Society | Ouachita Chapter   February 7, 2013   The Ouachita Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society has been notified by Governor Mike Beebe that it has been awarded an Arkansas Heritage Month grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage.   In celebration of this year’s Arkansas Heritage Month theme of “Saving our Heritage: Arkansas’s Historic Structures,” the Ouachita Chapter will present a series of displays and public talks to showcase historic buildings and the role that archeology can play in their interpretation and preservation.    Exhibits will be set up during the month of May, 2013, at the Garland County Library in Hot Springs, at Clark County Historical Association Museum in Arkadelphia, at the Montgomery County Library in Mount Ida, and at the Saline County Library in Benton.  Chapter members will present public talks at each of the four venues to highlight exhibit themes:  Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration camps in the ...
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***Black History Month Ella J. Baker v Primary Sources v Ella Josephine Baker, the granddaughter of slaves, was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1903. After graduating from Shaw University in Rayleigh, North Carolina, Baker moved to New York City. Baker joined the Young Negroes Cooperative League and in 1931 was appointed its national director. She was also employed by the Works Progress Administration to provide literacy and consumer education to workers. In 1940 Baker became a field secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) where she was involved in the anti-lynching campaign. Over the next few years Baker attempted to persuade the organization to become involved in community-based activism. Baker also played a leading role in the campaign to desegregate New York City public schools. According to Susan Gushee O'Malley: "her strength was to evoke in people a feeling of common need and the belief that people together can change the conditions under which they live. ...
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Photo: “The Babe: In this September 30, 1936, Works Progress Administration, a man hands a program to...
How the elders cooked The Indian Pioneer Papers are the product of a project developed in 1936. The Oklahoma Historical Society teamed with the history department at the University of Oklahoma to get a Works Progress Administration (WPA) writers' project grant for an interview program. The program was headquartered in Muskogee and was led by Grant Foreman. The writers conducted more than 11,000 interviews and after editing and typing the work, the results were over 45,000 pages long. The following excerpt is from the interview of Margaret Elkins of Westville. "The family of the Woodalls that came from Georgia were all fullblood Cherokees. They knew cooking the old Cherokee way. They ate the simplest of food. The food that could be found on most of the tables would be wild meats, corn and bean bread, pumpkins and dried fruit. At that time fruit was plentiful in the woods, but fruit jars were not known so most of the fruit was dried. The way they dried the fruit was by the sun method. They built a scaffold ...
Opinion: Bring back the New Deal's Works Progress Administration to help economy
The Works Progress Administration was one of the most ambitious New Deal Agencies...
14 December Friday TODAY'S READINGS: If you would hearken to my commandments, your prosperity would be like a river. – Isaiah 48:18 Last year, the news was abuzz with the suicide of General Angelo Reyes. He was implicated in an ongoing investigation on high-level corruption in the military. The carjacking incidents, anomalies in the government and other issues that mar the peace and order would, at first glance, make us feel disappointed and hopeless for our country. And in truth, these events hamper our ability to move on. They obliterate whatever gains the present administration has scored in its almost one year of running the government. But God has a purpose for everything that happens in this world. Just like what happens to a person trying to change his ways and move forward, I believe that God is also allowing our nation’s ills and wounds to be exposed so that we may be purified and healed. And so, with eyes of faith, I still am confident that the Philippines will be a great nation again. It ma ...
The Works Progress Administration dedication sign in the Jenison Field House entryway. Built in 1939.
Northview Social Studies classes visited the zoo on Saturday December to study buildings made during the depression. Five teachers accompanied the 30 students that met up at the zoo. Students provided their own transportation, and paid their own entrance fees. Many family members made the trip al...
Malik reviews progress of developmental works REASI, DECEMBER- 13:- Minister for Higher Education, Labour and Employment, Mr. Abdul Gani Malik today chaired an officers meeting to review the progress on various ongoing development works besides taking stock of physical and financial achievements registered so far in Reasi district here today. Additional Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, S. Rajinder Singh, SDM Mahore, Mr. Sher Singh, and other officers of district administration were present in the meeting. The meeting had detailed discussion on various vital issues related to development of the district besides deliberating upon various multi pronged strategies to further streamline the working of executing agencies and other connected departments for time bound completion of development works. Mr. Malik instructed the Chief Education Officer Reasi to ensure punctuality in Education Institutions so that inmates of far flung schools may not suffer due to undisciplined attitude of teaching community. He also dire ...
My friend asked for my help on her essay on The Depression and The New Deal that we're learning in US History Class. I typed out her body essay for her "In FDR’s second attempt to resolve Great Depression Congress passed his Emergency Relief Appropriation Bill or “ Big Bill”. The Big Bill was responsible for distributing electricity, art, and jobs to America through several often controversial projects. Namely the Works Progress Administration. Both the Big Bill and WPA consumed large amounts of unprecedented spending. However many jobs were made there still was a huge meteor coming to wipe out the civilization of man. Only avatar Aang could save the world from the Fire Nation. So he set out to learn all four elements and to become a fully realized avatar. FDR knew this was the only way to get america back on track and unite all four nations... they had to work as a team to eliminate the Fire Lord and bring an end to his destructive ways. But Prince Zuko had ulterior motives. He had daddy issues an ...
"The realization that we are all bound together by hope of a common future rather than by reverence for a common past has helped us to build upon this continent a unity unapproached in any similar area or population in the whole world." FDR, 1936
Works progress administration for life.
Man with a Drill by Charles Turzak for the Works Progress Administration, circa 1935.
Five Surprising Truths About the Killing of Bin Laden By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS For intelligence and terrorism experts, the frustrating part of Osama bin Laden’s assassination is not the lack of details on the operation, nor the diplomatic ping-pong currently taking place between America and Pakistan. Rather it is the media spectacle that has unfolded around the story ever since it first made headlines. The cacophony of conjecture that has hijacked the global news agenda is maintained by an army of talking heads, who rely on rumor and speculation to satisfy sensationalist media editors. The outcome is a sterile media circus, devoid of substance, which leaves news consumers confused and uninformed. To counter this trend, intelNews lists here five truths of critical importance about Osama bin Laden’s assassination. In summary: One, America does not have to prove it killed bin Laden. Two, bin Laden’s assassination is not a victory against terrorism. Three, it likely will not reduce —and may even increase ...
UPDTE: Meeting with school district went well. I removed the hotline's information from my blog post because it got so many reports that it crashed their system. And one of the staff got over 500 emails. Woops. :) Team Bully Response Squad Officer Wade attended the meeting with me, just to be safe because I wasn't sure what they were going to be like. Anyway, long story short, things went well. While I still think the school neglected to protect my daughter and should have to pay for that, a solution has been offered. They offered to send my girls to a new school, and even arrange bus transportation to us. I feel as if the woman I met with was very sincere, and would have helped had I reached out to her sooner (but I didn't know she existed). Mason Elementary failed to protect Jenelle, but the school district seems like it is doing what it can. I'm discussing the switching of schools with Rachel this evening but I think we are going to go for it. I hate running from the situation but Mason is not a safe p ...
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~ What's WPA? I googled and first thing I saw was Works Progress Administration. Is that it?
If Obama likes Roosevelt so much, why doesn't he bring back the Works Progress Administration?
When Long Beach Airport cuts the ribbon on its new terminal Wednesday, some eyes might be drawn to the past. Recent renovations revealed stunning floor mosaics finished in 1941 by Works Progress Administration artist Grace Clements. The bright colors and geometric images of seagulls and fish, ...
For decades, there was nothing but carpet on the floor of the Long Beach Airport's historic 1941 terminal building's main check-in room. Then, the carpet was removed, revealing long-hidden mosaics from the Works Progress Administration that were were not only still in the floor but intact and usable...
Second New Deal, 1935–1936 Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act, August 14, 1935 After the 1934 Congressional elections, which gave Roosevelt large majorities in both houses, there was a fresh surge of New Deal legislation. These measures included the Works Progress Administration (WPA) which set up a national relief agency that employed two million family heads. At the height of WPA employment in 1938, unemployment was down from 20.6% in 1933 to only 12.5% according to figures from Michael Darby.[87] The Social Security Act established Social Security and promised economic security for the elderly, the poor and the sick. Senator Robert Wagner wrote the Wagner Act, which officially became the National Labor Relations Act. The act established the federal rights of workers to organize unions, to engage in collective bargaining, and to take part in strikes. While the First New Deal of 1933 had broad support from most sectors, the Second New Deal challenged the business community. Conservative Democrats, ...
During the Great Depression, Programs were put in place to not only give people jobs and earn a decent wage, but also build schools, parks, and other buildings which are still standing. Given the current state of the economy and the need to repair our crumbling infrastructure, it would be in the cou...
Echoing FDR, again...permanently re-institute the Works Progress Administration & Civilian Conservation Corps with livable wages.
WPA - When the government wouldn't give you a check for sitting home on your *** Obama may want to brush up on his hstory...Just sayin' The Works Progress Administration (renamed during 1939 as the Works Project Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects,[1] including the construction of public buildings and roads. It also employed artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. Writers documented local and state histories, artists painted murals and other works for new federal post offices and other buildings
Two of the most popular government programs in American History was Franklin D. Roosevelt's 'Alphabet Soup' Public Works Programs. The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration; both proved both durable and essent
Works Progress Administration and the Social Security Act in 1935, the Civil
Fool Me Twice: Obama's Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed . Here are some specific items: 1.Detailed plans to enact single-payer health care legislation controlled by the Federal government regardless of any Supreme Court decision to overturn Obamacare; 2.The recreation of a 21st century version of FDR's Works Progress Administration (WPA) program within the Department of Labor that would oversee a massive new bureaucracy and millions of new Federal jobs; 3.Further gutting of the U.S. military in shocking ways, while using the "savings" for a new "green" stimulus program and the founding of a Federal "green" bank to fund so-called environmentally friendly projects; 4.The vastly reduced resources of the U.S. Armed Forces will be spread even thinner by using them to combat "global warming," fight global poverty, remedy "injustice," bolster the United Nations and step up use of "peacekeeping" deployments; 5.An expansive new amnesty program for illegal aliens linked with a reduction in the capabil ...
they visited me and i experienced a taste of the Works Progress Administration, specifically
Works Progress Administration. One of FDR’s programs during the depression. You can still see a lot of their work around here.
This article is worth the read: Is this the change anyone is thinking, beside a very few? God Help America! Now that President Obama has been re-elected, how will he attempt to complete the fundamental transformation of America first pledged in 2008? The New York Times bestselling book “Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed” may now be more relevant than ever. ...The work, by Aaron Klein and Brenda Elliott, documents Obama’s specific, second-term agenda in all major policy areas, including the economy, jobs immigration reform, healthcare, the military and electoral reform. The specific plans uncovered in the book have one major theme – massive, unprecedented government involvement in the private sector. Obama has made clear he will use the next four years to push the generalized themes of “economic fairness” and a “new economic patriotism.” However, the president has not endeavored to define those mantras in detail. “Fool Me Twice” not only uncovers th ...
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a relief measure established in 1935 by executive order as the Works Progress Administration, and was redesigned in 1939 when it was transferred to the Federal Works Agency. Headed by Harry L. Hopkins and supplied with an initial congressional appropriation of $4,880,000,000, it offered work to the unemployed on an unprecedented scale by spending money on a wide variety of programs, including highways and building construction, slum clearance, reforestation, and rural rehabilitation. So gigantic an undertaking was inevitably attended by confusion, waste, and political favoritism, yet the 'pump-priming' effect stimulated private business during the depression years (audio clip, 87k) and inaugurated reforms that states had been unable to subsidize. Particularly novel were the special programs. The Federal Writers' Project (more information available from Indiana State University's library) prepared state and regional guide books, organized archives, indexed newspa ...
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A WPA program which involves targeting for projects for reducing global warming (wind turbines, solar etc.and even more methods as yet not well developed) would be supported by the general public and driven by the environmental movement. All polls indicate that the citizenry would be supportive, and since the election Obama has the political capital to institute such a plan. There would be opportunities to train and develop such skills in thousands of workers. Arthur Roberts
Piece by Pease (11/9/12) The Great Repression? My father was born in 1929, a few months before the stock market crashed. It was not a good time to be born. My grandparents, who were already poor, had to scratch and claw to make ends meet. My mother also grew up during the Depression. Her dad, who lost his job as a result of the crash, took a WPA job cutting trees in Arkansas and sent money home. But they all survived, mostly by finding creative ways to make a little go a long way – a skill Americans have all but forgotten. Necessity made our grandparents tougher than we are. Necessity again is going to force Americans to get tough. America teeters on the precipice between a recession and a depression. (For lack of better terminology, let’s say we are in a Repression.) Herbert Hoover, who was a decent guy according to everything I’ve ever read about him, tried to fix things by doing some of the stuff being talked about now – i.e. raising taxes on the rich. He also tried some limited publi ...
Give peace a chance at creating prosperity. Cut the military budget and work on improving our own infrastructure. We need a New Works Progress Administration to shore us up against climate change and the vagaries of the market.
I had to pass this along as well...words of wisdom from my grandpa... My grandfather wrote this and I wanted to share it. He is one of the most caring and intelligent men I have ever known. It is not a political statement but a reasonable solution. It is worth reading: The election is over!! Whether your candidate won or lost, it’s time for our elected officials to get down to work so they can accomplish meaningful things over the next four years. Some of the top priorities are the economy, jobs and immigration. I, a tax paying citizen, would like to put forth some suggestions as how to get the job done. I am 87 years old and am part of what is considered the greatest generation, of course that is debatable. I was raised by two parents with a very simple philosophy. I was told “Bill, you will have to work to get anywhere in life, so enjoy what you do, be the best that you can be and then have a race”. What they meant by “race” was that no matter how well I did something, I could likely improve o ...
Following his election victory Tuesday night, Obama became the president with the highest unemployment rate to win a second term since FDR. After FDR was elected for a second term, w/in the first "Hundred Days," Roosevelt won passage of a series of bills that began to transform the role of the federal government in the workings of the nation's economy. The result was not a "revolution" as some liked to claim, but it was a significant turning point in the evolution of the USA. The result was the FDIC, FERA, CWA, CCC, Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 , NIRA, PWA, Federal Securities Act of May 1933/ Securities and Exchange Commission, Home Owners Loan Corporation, Agriculture Adjustment Administration, Works Progress Administration, FSA, Wagner Act, Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, and the Social Security Act. FDR had the support of the Congress and the public, and w/ these programs significantly moved the US. to recovering from the Great Depression. WE can, together, move our country forward, as a pe ...
As you walk into the James Bowie Middle School you will notice a framed document hanging on your right. This document defines the Works Progress Administration formed under Franklin D Roosevelt. An excerpt discusses "improving the dependability of a chain by strengthening the weaker links in it". Christian it's time for you to strengthen yourself. Shift your focus to the official who was elected via his own blood by our Heavenly Father. Shine Jesus' light. Be salt!
Every adult who is willing and able should have the right to work. Therefore Ursula is calling forJobs for Allthrough a massive public works and public service program like the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the 1930s - locally planned by cities and counties. The program could create 25 mill...
How many cities (especially with population of less than 30,000) have this??? Paul Brown Tiger Stadium located in Massillon, Ohio Paul Brown Tiger Stadium is a high school football stadium located in Massillon, Ohio. It is primarily used for American football, and is the home field of the Massillon Washington High School Tigers football team. The stadium has a seating capacity of 16,600 spectators, with a maximum capacity of over 19,000 when extra seating is brought in. The stadium is named after former Tiger and famous football head coach, Paul Brown. Originally named Tiger Stadium, its construction was completed in 1939 through the Works Progress Administration program. Besides being the regular season home of the Massillon Tiger Football team, the stadium hosts numerous OHSAA sanctioned football playoff games and three divisional championship games. This is possible due to the use of field turf as a playing surface. The stadium also hosts the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame drum and bugle corps compet ...
Dear Friends-Don't you think it was a bit hypocritical for Romney to be hosting a gathering in one of the publicly constructed monuments of the New Deal? It did create a lot of government jobs. John. _ Steve Justino · Top Commenter · Denver, Colorado YAY! Thanks for picking up this story! Here is my FB post from 6 a.m. today: How ironic, and hypocritical, that Rmoney and Ryan will be having a big rally today at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver. Red Rocks - the greatest concert venue on Earth - was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to CREATE GOVERNMENT JOBS during the height of the 1st Great Republican Depression. I hope Democrats LINE THE STREETS OF MORRISON with signs reminding the GOPhers of that as they drive in to Red Rocks
Romney and Ryan actually campaigned here. *** ? Sometimes Government can create jobs... Red Rocks Amphitheater was the Civilian Conservation Corps’ largest and most ambitious project. A crew of about 300 young men at any one time lived in barracks near Morrison and worked on the theatre from 1936 to 1941, with help from the National Parks Service and Works Progress Administration. They laid 10 boxcar loads of cement and put down 90,000 square feet of flagstone quarried at Lyons, Colorado. FDR described the 1930s-era program in a radio address: “In creating this Civilian Conservation Corps we are killing two birds with one stone. We are clearly enhancing the value of our natural resources and second, we are relieving an appreciable amount of actual distress.” Romney has repeatedly railed against federal investments at companies and colleges that collected stimulus funding.
Time to head south for the winter...our work on baseball is done, wrapped up our commitments in PA, and a nice day for driving from Doylestown, PA to Winston-Salem, NC...managed to see three more ballparks along the way...the Works Progress Administration 1939 era (with two updates since then) Calvin Falwell Field in Lynchburg, VA, home to your Lynchburg Hillcats, the 2012 Class A Carolina League Champs (Braves); the very plain circa 1993 American Legion Post 325 Field in Danville, VA (Braves rookie league team in the Appalachian League) and the two year old and very nice BB & T Ballpark in Winston-Salem, home to the Dash, the White Sox Class A team. 568 miles today...do the last 442 tomorrow into Music City and home to the wife, daughter and furries...stay south of the Mason Dixon line until Farm Show in January...
Regarding you show: WPA = Works Progress Administration. My grandfather benefited from it during the first Great Depression
Works Progress Administration...if this organization was brought back as it orignally was, this would be the perfect solution to welfare reform! People would actually have to work to earn their government issued entitlements!! Hey Uncle Sam, there's a lot of roadkill and litter that needs to be picked up along America's roads and highways! And plenty of potholes to fill, too!
Facilities improvement projects completed at the East Lansing Headquarters compound using Works Progress Administration (WPA) funds and manpower in the late 1930s included two wall mural panels painted by artist Anthony Castagne. The two murals depicted the department's history and progress for the main lobby of the former East Lansing Headquarters. Today, the murals hang in a conference room at our Lansing Headquarters. We're curious if anyone knows anything about the artist or the murals. Please comment below.
Palmer HS was built by the Works Progress Administration under Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940 originally named Colorado Springs HS
The dizzying lack of knowledge re: drone technology in the public space is like a Works Progress Administration for national security wonks.
Whew. Just pulled my head back out of the history hole. I keep getting immersed in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Ex-Slave Narratives archives. Had I known stuff like this existed I would have probably taken a different path educationally.
Terrific song by Rivers Rutherford and Hal Ketchum sung by Luke Bulla, the amazing fiddle/player and vocalist for Works Progress Administration. Luke is a mu...
We Work Again is a 1937 ephemeral film produced by the Works Progress Administration to promote its efforts at finding work for African-Americans during the ...
Begun during the administration of U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt, the project was originally called the Appalachian Scenic Highway. Most construction was carried out by private contractors under federal contracts under an authorization by Harold L. Ickes in his role as federal public works administrator. Work began on September 11, 1935, near Cumberland Knob in North Carolina; construction in Virginia began the following February. On June 30, 1936, Congress formally authorized the project as the Blue Ridge Parkway and placed it under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Some work was carried out by various New Deal public works agencies. The Works Progress Administration did some roadway construction. Crews from the Emergency Relief Administration carried out landscape work and development of parkway recreation areas. Personnel from four Civilian Conservation Corps camps worked on roadside cleanup, roadside plantings, grading slopes, and improving adjacent fields and forest lands. During ...
The New Deal attempted to end the Depression by spending at the bottom of the economy where government funds attempted to turn non-consumers into consumers again. Many of the programs lasted only until World War II while others became permanent fixtures in American life. Here are three to illustrate the central thrust of the Second New Deal. The Works Progress Administration was a huge federal jobs program that sought to hire unemployed breadwinners for the purpose strengthening their family's well-being as well as boosting consumer demand. The jobs varied but consisted of mainly of construction of public roads, buildings and parks. Over the course of its life (1935-43) over eight million Americans worked on WPA projects. This was "counter-cyclical demand management" on a huge scale. The 1935 Social Security Act set up a modest worker-funded but federally-guaranteed pension system. Not on the princely scale Townsend had advocated, nevertheless, Social Security did act as a safety net for older work ...
C.E.T.A. The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (or CETA, Pub.L. 93-203) was a United States federal law enacted by Congress, and signed into law by President Richard Nixon December 28, 1973[1] to train workers and provide them with jobs in the public service. The bill was introduced as S. 1559, the Job Training and Community Services Act,[2] by Senator *** Nelson (Democrat of Wisconsin) and co-sponsored by Senator Jacob Javits (Republican of New York). The program offered work to those with low incomes and the long term unemployed as well as summer jobs to low income high school students. Full-time jobs were provided for a period of 12 to 24 months in public agencies or private not for profit organizations. The intent was to impart a marketable skill that would allow participants to move to an unsubsidized job. It was an extension of the Works Progress Administration program from the 1930s. The Act was intended to decentralize control of federally controlled job training programs, giving more ...
One of Obama's founding fathers: Frank Marshall Davis: From Wikipedia: Frank Marshall Davis (December 31, 1905 – July 26, 1987) was an American journalist, poet, and political and labor movement activist editor of the paper he turned into the Atlanta Daily World before moving back to Chicago. During this time, he was outspoken about political and social issues. His poetry work was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In the late 1940s, he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he ran a small business. He also became involved in local labor issues where his actions were tracked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).Davis died in 1987 in Hawaii. a. Obama first met Davis in 1971 when he was ten years old. Davis was then in his mid-sixties. The two of them, remained close until Obama left for college. He was introduced to Davis by his grandfather Stanley Dunham. Dunham thought Obama needed a black mentor and took him to visit Davis. Dunham and Davis would drink whiskey or smoke dope and p ...
Loved Obama's speech tonight. I like his frankness and acknowledgment that the road to recovery and change will not happen over night. That it will be long, but it takes everyone and a communal dedication to see it through. His ideas for renewable energy and alternative fuels to create new jobs in America, rather than relying on the past with foreign oil only to serve big business, the rich, and foreign companies, while taking jobs away from our citizens. I like his thoughts on starting to "re-build" here rather than rebuild countries overseas. It is time to invest in the middle class, and invest in America. I also appreciate him mentioning bringing the US back into a nation that makes things, rather than imports goods from overseas. A nation that will invest in itself, in the environment, and in the children. One of the Presidents I admire the most is Franklin Roosevelt, and his Works Progress Administration. This is part of what pulled us out of the Great Depression of the early 1930s. Obama has these i ...
Harry Hopkins was President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s closest aide and confidante. Formally, his two top positions were first as director of the Works Progress Administration and later as head of the Lend-Lease Program. With his heavy involvement in key areas of both domestic and foreign policy ...
A clip from a short government film about the the Works Progress Administration, one of the New Deal programs started during the Great Depression. This clip ...
By Larry Teren The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was enacted by the Roosevelt…
There are also specific plans to ensure Obamacare is implemented in ways that would make it nearly impossible to undo. The template for Obama’s next four years are actually extensive plans created by Obama’s own top advisers and progressive strategists.
Pretty amazing archival propaganda film from the Works Progress Administration. A legit fascinating ...
The case for a new Works Progress Administration
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The proper remedy for usurping the Presidency is removal. This is the best remedy. Unlike with an arrest or impeachment, removal would make null and void every action of Obama while in office. This would include executive orders, appointments, like (Ms Clinton) legislation signed (such as ObamaCare) and anything that has to do with the UN like gun control.
[Post - ScoutReport] WPA Art Inventory Project: Many works created as part of the Works Progress Administration ...
Aaron Regunburg argues that money to implement a WPA-like program is out there, and the need for such a program is clear.
The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. The idea of the Soap Box Derby grew out of a photographic assignment of Dayton, Ohio, newsman Myron Scott . He covered a race of boy-built cars in his home community and was so impressed with this event that he acquired a copyright for the idea and began development of a similar program on a national scale. The first All-American race was held in Dayton in 1934. The following year, the race was moved to Akron because of its central location and hilly terrain. In 1936, Akron civic leaders recognized the need for a permanent track site for the youth racing classic and, through the efforts of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Derby Downs became a reality. Each year since, with the exception of during World War II, youngsters from throughout the United States and several foreign countries have come to Akron with the racers they have built and driv ...
Relaxation video and information on the award-winning Toledo Zoo Aviary, one of the oldest buildings at the Toledo Zoo, built during the Depression-era Works Progress Administration.
Went to check on a geocache that had been reported muggled from Huber Park in El Cerrito (a wonderful old Works Progress Administration park built in the 1930s, complete with dangerous playground equipment that would never be installed today for insurance reasons). Geocache was still there and still fine, but found a thicket of ripe blackberries and had a feast with M. Nom nom nom.
We’re two weeks away from the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints taking the field at Canton’s historic Fawcett Stadium. Did you know Fawcett was constructed from 1937-39 as part of the federal government's Works Progress Administration (WPA)? Learn about Fawcett’s history:
All welfare programs should be shut down tomorrow at noon. Welfare recipients should be handed rakes, brooms, shovels, paint brushes, picks and *** We did this very thing in the 1930s under the Works Progress Administration in order to give people jobs so we could climb out of the Great Depression. -Ted Nugent GOT THIS FROM MY FRIEND Danny Miller! THANKS BIG D!
rom 1936 to 1938, over 2,300 former slaves from across the American South were interviewed by writers and journalists under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. These former slaves, most born in the last years of the slave regime or during the Civil War, provided first-hand ac...
In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration commissioned an oral history of the remaining former slaves. Bullwhip Days is a remarkable compendium of selections from these extraordinary interviews, providing an unflinching portrait of the world of government-sanctioned slavery of...
Today is Father’s Day: My father was the oldest of twins born on April 24, 1899 in Corry Pennsylvania. They were named George Washington Fenton and John Adams Fenton respectively. He grew up in Corry and married my mother, Anna Glatz, on April 19, 1926. While living four miles east of Corry, near Colza, they buried their first two children. They moved to an upstairs flat on the east side of Brown Avenue in Erie. The apartment was shared with Dad’s brother, Aaron who was married to Mom’s sister, Mary. David was born January 1, 1929; Ellen was born July 28, 1930, remarkably, cousin Paul was born the same day. Returning to Corry, they acquired a small two story home at 812 E. Main Street. During those depression years, Dad was able to extend the basement, add a kitchen, a small bedroom, and a partially finished back porch. Rex was born on April 4, 1937. Sometime during the 1930’s both Dad and Mom were saved. Early in 1938, Dad was working for the WPA (Works Progress Administration---one of FDR ...
In 1935, Congress and President Roosevelt began the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which used the power of the federal government to hire millions of unemployed workers.
Photo Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration, announces the opening of the Southern Illinois: The Wo...
GIANT WPA Wall Sticker of: Works Progress Administration, Illinois, District 6--March of leisure time: Museum qu...
In this Dec. 22, 1936, Works Progress Administration photo a man looks at the Hudson River from the New York tower of the George Washington Bridge.
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Have you ever heard of a Pack Horse Librarian? Well, they really existed. In 1935 during the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt started a program called the Works Progress Administration, out of which came the Pack Horse Library Project. Women and a few men were hired at very low wages to deliver used books to people in the rural and mountain areas. These Appalachian families did not have access to schools or libraries. A "Pack horse librarian" or the more often called "Book Woman" braved rugged terrain, stony creek beds, and dangerous cliff top areas traveling as much as 50 to 80 miles a week to deliver reading materials-mostly books that were no longer circulated in public libraries. Why did they risk their lives just to deliver some raggedy discarded books? These dedicated librarians knew the power of books-to connect, to provide valuable life saving information, and to open doors to unfamiliar worlds.
Date: Fri, 1907-05-03 This date marks the birth of Canada Lee (Lionel Cornelius Canegata, his name at birth) in 1907. He was an African-American actor and one of the leading Black actors of the 1940s and 1950s. His film credits include Alfred Hitchcock’s "Lifeboat" and Robert Rosen’s "Body and Soul." He was known for his dignified presence, a rare image for black screen actors of that time. Canada Lee was from Harlem, New York City, the son of James and Lydia Lee and a boyhood friend of future congressional representative Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Lee studied concert piano but ran away from home at the age of 14 and became a jockey at the racetrack in Saratoga, New York. After four years of that profession he took up prize fighting, compiling a record of 200 wins and 25 loses in the welterweight division. A detached retina ended his boxing career. At age 28, he then began acting through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) program, working as a stevedore, or dockworker on the side. In 1936, Lee appea ...
Begun in 2003 by radio producer Dave Isay, StoryCorps is similar to the oral history projects by the Works Progress Administration (WPA)
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