Works Progress Administration (WPA)


Works Progress Administration (WPA)


In 1935 the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as part of the New Deal. The program was designed to put unemployed Americans back to work after the Great Depression of the 1920's. The program was renamed Work Projects Administration in 1939.


Kopana Terry, University of Kentucky Curator of Newspapers & Oral History Archivist


See Records of the Work Projects Administration [WPA] available at the U.S. National Archives.
See WPA publications for many southern states including Kentucky in ExploreUK.
Hear oral history interviews inĀ New Deal in Kentucky Oral History Project available through the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Librtaries


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