In 1933, the United States, as well as much of the world, was experiencing a severe economic downturn.  A time that history refers to as the Great Depression. On May 6, 1933, United States President, Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) created the W.P.A., the Works Progress Administration.  This and other federally funded programs put unemployed men to work with temporary financial assistance.  Out of the 10 million jobless men in the United States in 1935, 3 million were helped by WPA jobs alone.   FDR knew that there were able-bodied men throughout the country who were unable to provide for their families but a handout was not the answer.  Putting men who were capable of working out to work on useful projects was the answer.  By 1940, the economy was rapidly improving due to defense industry production, the W.P.A. was no longer needed.  It was disbanded by congress in 1943.

WPA road development project

There are so many facilities still used today that owe their existence to programs such as the W.P.A. under the New Deal.  Here are a few but you can see them all by scrolling to the bottom after clicking  HERE


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  1. Wow, San Antonio’s famous river walk came from this! It was a prudent program, even if not always totally perfect. Assistance that allowed dignity. What a shame we don’t know how to do that anymore.
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