On July 15, 1938, PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT wrote a letter of greeting to the representatives of the public and of the medical professions who would be attending the National Health Conference in Washington, D.C. The President told them that there was a pressing need for a coordinated national action program on health. "Such a program," wrote the President, "necessarily must take account of the fact that millions . . . .
Memphis Pink Palace Museum Murals - Project type: Art, Mural New Deal Agencies: Civil Works Administration (CWA), Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) Started: 1934 Completed: 1935 Artists: Burton Callicott
The Civil Works Administration was established during the Great Depression to rapidly create manual labor jobs for millions of unemployed workers. President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled the CWA on November 8, 1933. Roosevelt was convinced that jobs were much better for everyone than cash handouts. The CWA's workers laid 12 million feet of sewer pipe and built or improved 255,000 miles of roads, 40,000 schools, 3,700 playgrounds, and nearly 1,000 airports.