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Works Progress Administration

LOOK: These Vintage Public Service Announcements Are Amazing

Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts

From 1936 to 1943, the Works Progress Administration created over 2,000 elaborate posters dedicated to a plethora of New Deal initiatives. Associated ...

Public, private funds revive 1940s-era recreation center in New Orleans

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.09.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 10, 2013 issue.) Last week, New Orleans reopened the John P. Lyons Memorial Center ...

New Deal Photos Show Americana In Color

Posted 03.30.2012 | Arts

For those struggling throughout the Great Depression, the New Deal promised not just employment, food and shelter, but hope for the American dream. ...

Jason Cherkis

Santorum Praised Iconic Big-Government Program As Welfare Answer | Jason Cherkis | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defending his push for welfare reform during a campaign stop in 1994, then-Rep. Rick Santorum, now running for president as a conservati...

New Orleans City Park Won't Lose Green Space As It Develops

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

City Park in New Orleans has mostly recovered from Katrina's wrath in 2005, and is building attractions to generate greens fees, entry tickets, concession sales, catering and equipment rentals to cover its operating expenses.

Matt Sledge

Some Suggest Government Fix Jobs Crisis With Government Jobs | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.09.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- John Brennan turned 91 in May. Today he lives in relatively good health on Long Island, his mortgage paid off. When he was growing up in M...

Peter S. Goodman

Putting Americans Back To Work: Politics Aside, Much Can Be Achieved | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business

As President Obama puts the finish on a much-touted program aimed at promoting job creation, public expectations appear low, owing to national dismay ...

Why Not Hire the Young to Build Their Own Future?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Jobs are scarce for everyone. College students are graduating with record levels of student debt before entering the worst job market for graduates in recent memory.

Works Progress Administration II

Bevis Longstreth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bevis Longstreth

The labor crisis we face today is every bit as threatening to worker spirit and morale as the one that confronted Roosevelt when he took office. UI is not enough. The president must press Congress for WPA II.

12 WPA Food Posters

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Digging through the vast online archives of the Library of Congress, we were struck by these magnificent New Deal- and World War II-era food-related p...

Jobs We Can Believe In

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Deepak Bhargava

On the 75th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration, we would do well to remember the notions of mutual responsibility and community values that underpinned its overwhelming success.

Happy 75th, WPA: Its Genius Holds Lessons for Today's Jobs Crisis

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the WPA, the New Deal centerpiece that helped end the Great Depression by directly creating 3.3 million jobs. Let's remind ourselves of the economic lessons we learned from that historic program.

Paul Krugman: Germany's Jobs, Unemployment Miracle Can Teach US

New York Times | PAUL KRUGMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Germany's jobs miracle hasn't received much attention in this country -- but it's real, it's striking, and it raises serious questions about whether t...

Zubin Jelveh WPA Revisited: Should Government Create Jobs Directly?

The New Republic | Zubin Jelveh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Putting aside the standard concern about central planning, there are some unintended consequences that could come with a modern WPA. This 1990 paper b...

Some Jobs Taxpayers Don't Need to Buy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

A second stimulus is completely reasonable at a time when there are six unemployed Americans for every job opening and when it takes six months on average for an unemployed worker to find a job.

Asking President Obama for a Job

Gregory Daurer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Gregory Daurer

Things still aren't looking good here in Colorado. As for the stimulus, the keg must have been turned off before the dram trickled down to me.

Stimulate the Arts and Keep American Strong

Robin Bronk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Bronk

Why is it so hard for some to realize that jobs in the arts support millions of Americans and are no less worthy than any other job that puts food on the table?

The New Deal Redux

June Hopkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
June Hopkins

The PWA was Wall Street; the WPA was Main Street. The PWA served to stimulate business; the WPA employed Americans. Both served to boost the economy and rebuild the nation's infrastructure.

CBS: FDR's New Deal Blueprint For Obama

CBS News | Chip Reid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Anxiety and fear surround workers this holiday season. Last month, half a million people lost their jobs ... more than 2 million have since last Decem...