WPA Sohum Kapoor

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WPA project

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  • WPA
  • Oh no! Our factory is firing people where are we going to find work during the Depression?
  • We were hired to make this park to improve the city!
  • It's a New Deal!
  • The WPA commissioned me to paint this on the side of this post office.
  • The Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 was passed by Congress and signed by FDR. Under this Act FDR established the Work Progress Administration by executive order on May 6th, 1935. The WPA, under Harry Hopkins, employed workers and artists to lower unemployment.
  • The WPA employed millions of people, mostly unskilled workers, and had them work in construction of public works. This led to the creation of libraries, museums and parks.
  • The WPA helped us feed our families!
  • The WPA also employed artists to paint public building and public works to raise moral. Hopkins believed that even artists should eat, and that working for payment was healthier than free money.
  • We are going to work the empty factories.
  • Hiring!
  • We are going off to war!
  • The WPA tried to temporarily supply people with jobs during the depression, so families would not need welfare. As it gave people money to afford food and goods the WPA helped put more consumers into the market. This stimulated economic recovery.
  • The WPA can be considered a success as by 1938 it employed 3 million adults and even more youths in its partner association, the NYA. At the end of its existence the WPA employed a total of 8.5 million people.
  • The WPA was disbanded in 1943 when World War II began and many workers went off to war. The workers who stayed were easily employed in normal factories and the WPA jobs were not needed.
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