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What does WPA mean?

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girlhockey | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2009 at 6:08 AM via web

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What does WPA mean?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 26, 2009 at 6:12 AM (Answer #1)

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The initials WPA stand for "Works Progress Administration."  The WPA was a program started up by Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of his "New Deal" to try to end the Great Depression.

The WPA was meant to do that by providing jobs for unemployed Americans.  The WPA workers were to go out and build various things that would be useful in the long run, like bridges, gymnasiums, libraries, etc.  You can still see the initials engraved on many of the things they built even today.

The government paid these workers and thereby kept them in work and gave them money to spend to help revitalize the US economy.

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