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In the book To Kill a Mockingbird what is the WPA?

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kbacklund | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 12, 2007 at 10:58 AM via web

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In the book To Kill a Mockingbird what is the WPA?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 12, 2007 at 11:26 AM (Answer #1)

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The WPA was the Works Progress Administration or, later, the Work Projects Administration. (It was the same program, but the name changed slightly.) It was a massive public works program started in 1935 that was intended to help people who had lost their jobs due to the Great Depression. WPA projects ranged from big public projects (there's a bridge in a park near my house that was build by the WPA) to more surprising artistic projects. For example, check out the Federal Art Project:

http://www.keyshistory.org/artwpa.html
Because it was meant to help people out, it wasn't as focused as a business organized for profit. It was hard to get fired from the WPA. That's why it's so surprising when Bob Ewell loses such a job.
Greg

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted February 15, 2007 at 5:42 AM (Answer #2)

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Below is some more info on the WPA

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