Defining Moments in American History: The WPA-Putting America to Work

Editor/Author Hill, Jeff
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Omnigraphics, Inc.

Single-User Purchase Price: $54.00
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $81.00
ISBN: 978-0-7808-1331-1
Category: History - United States -- History
Image Count: 61
Book Status: Available
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Provides a detailed account of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the centerpiece of the New Deal programs put in place by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to tame the Great Depression and get America back on its feet.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • How to Use This Book
  • Research Topics for Defining Moments: WPA—Putting America to Work
  • NARRATIVE OVERVIEW
  • Prologue
  • Chapter One: A Nation Unemployed
  • Chapter Two: The First New Deal Work Programs
  • Chapter Three: Formation of the Works Progress Administration
  • Chapter Four: WPA Construction Projects
  • Chapter Five: The WPA Arts, Service, Women's, and Youth Programs
  • Chapter Six: The End of the WPA
  • Chapter Seven: The Legacy of the WPA
  • BIOGRAPHIES
  • Mary McLeod Bethune (1887-1955) Educator, Civil Rights Leader, and Director of the NYA's Office of Negro Affairs
  • Martin Dies Jr. (1900-1972) Conservative Congressman and Chair of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)
  • Harry Hopkins (1890-1946) Director of the Works Progress Administration from 1935 to 1938
  • Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) Texas Director of the WPA's National Youth Administration and President of the United States from 1963 to 1969
  • Mr. Mahoney (1883-?) Works Progress Administration Employee during the Great Depression
  • Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) Painter and Member of the WPA Federal Art Project
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) President of the United States from 1933 to 1945 and Champion of the New Deal
  • Orson Welles (1915-1985) Director and Actor in the WPA Federal Theatre Project
  • Ellen S. Woodward (1887-1971) Director of the Women's Division of the Works Progress Administration
  • PRIMARY SOURCES
  • Chronicling the Difficulties of Depression-Era Unemployment
  • Walter Lippmann Urges a New Approach to Work Relief
  • President Roosevelt Discusses the Works Progress Administration
  • Residents of the Southern United States Recall the WPA
  • Hallie Flanagan Describes Harry Hopkins's Ideas about Work Relief
  • The WPA Explains Its Mission
  • A Young Artist Describes His Experiences with the WPA's Federal Art Project
  • An Actor in the Federal Theatre Project Recalls the Staging of The Cradle Will Rock
  • The FTP's “Living Newspaper” Plays—Insightful Commentary or Government Propaganda?
  • Herbert Hoover Condemns the Works Progress Administration
  • President Roosevelt Discontinues the WPA
  • Comparing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to the WPA
  • Important People, Places, and Terms
  • Chronology
  • Sources for Further Study
  • Bibliography
  • Photo and Illustration Credits