Volume/Folder: Works Progress Administration protest photographs, 1933-1943

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Record Number: 10409
Reproduction restrictions: Unknown
Address: Philadelphia , PA
Date of Original: 1933 - 1943
Original Format: Photographs › Black and white
Inscription text: (2) Miss Emily Long - teacher at League Island Recreation Centre - with members of her class - protesting against W. P. A. layoffs - at Rayburn Plaza.
(4) WPA Phila City Council Feb 17 1938
(6) Workers’ Alliance picketing W P A headquarters 230 N. 11th St. W.P.A. Phila Jan 15 1937 
Inscription location: Verso
Image description: Assorted photographs of protests against the Works Progress Administration layoffs in Philadelphia, PA.

(1) Miss Emily Long and her students protest the laying-off of teachers by the WPA at Reyburn Plaza in Philadelphia, PA.
(2) Verso.
(3) Men and women protest for the City Council to save jobs in Philadelphia after the WPA cuts a number of jobs throughout the city.
(4) Verso.
(5) The Workers’ Alliance protests the front entrance of the Works Progress Administration Pennsylvania District Headquarters.
(6) Verso.

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. Additionally, the Works Progress Administration also funded minor projects, which employed writers, teachers, musicians, actors, and artists to work in media and literacy projects.