Art & The New Deal

Art & The New Deal

WPA Depression Era Posters

Once upon a time there was another federal stimulus stimulus program, and as funds flowed - 80 years ago - color and hope returned slowly to a country shocked by the banking collapse and 25% unemployment. Today we nitpick the relatively paltry sums provided to the NPR and other arts projects, but back in the early thirties, the Works Projects Administration (WPA) funded theaters, art and inspired lots of classic reminders of a wounded USA struggling colorfully to come out of the Depression.

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Herbert Hoover had plenty of great ideas for recharging the economy (think "Hoover" Dam), but stubbornly held to his belief in limiting government, when more government was needed for so many out-of-work Americans. Roosevelt's WPA became huge & ultimately employed 8 million workers.

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