Item: Men working on road for WPA photograph, 1939

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Record Number: 1882
Folder: 5029
Address: PA
Date of Original: April 23 1939
Original Format: Photographs
Image description: The picture shows men wielding shovels and pickaxes clearing brush and weeds on the side of a road. The Works Progress Administration, later known as the Work Projects Administration or WPA, was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to help employ millions of unemployed Americans during the Great Depression. The Works Progress Administration was in place from May 1935 to June 1943, focusing on public works projects, employing workers to build roads, bridges, buildings, schools, and parks.