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When Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in 1933, the United States was in a huge economic crisis. His response to the Great Depression was the NEW DEAL. One of the programs was the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was funded by Congress with the passage of the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935. The WPA employed MILLIONS of unskilled workers to perform public works PROJECTS. Those working for the WPA constructed public buildings, roads...

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Women in the Appalachian mountains on horseback delivering books and reading to those who could not as a feature of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the 1930's.

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Francine Everett (April 13, 1915 – May 27, 1999) was an African-American actress and singer who is best known for her performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts that were created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences. She studied and acted with the Federal Theater in Harlem, which was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration.

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February 1939 Dorothea Lange photo of family in California, originally from near Houston, Texas. Been in California for two years. Husband came first, later sent for wife and two children, who traveled by bus (on licensed car, fare six dollars, traveling night and day). Husband now on Works Progress Administration (WPA).

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Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives/Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938. 2,300 1st-person accounts of slavery & 500 black-and-white photos of former slaves. Narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the 17-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. Vintage Photos: Born in Slavery

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Eldzier Cortor (b.Tidewater, Virginia, 10 Jan, 1916). Family moved to Chicago settling in South Side. Art Institute of Chicago Graduate, 1936. 1940, Works Progress Administration (WPA), drawing scenes of Depression-era Bronzeville on Chicago's South Side neighborhood. 1949, Studied in Jamaica, Cuba, & Haiti, Guggenheim Fellowship, Taught at Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince 1949-1951. wikipedia http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?47669-American-Trad-men-(photos)/page82

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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. In 1990 Alston's bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. became the first image of an African American displayed at the White House.

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Ellen Payne Age 88 Born in Slavery:Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’Project,1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives:A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former…

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Born in Slavery:Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’Project,1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives:A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.

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