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75 Years of WPA Today

To mark today’s 75th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration, here’s a roundup of blog postings around, from Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania to southern Texas, where Zora Neale Hurston’s niece Lucy Ann Hurston will be speaking in a few days. There’s also an artful selection of WPA posters here to commemorate the date. And in two days an exhibit celebrating the WPA legacy in California will open in Berkeley, and will run through August.

On the policy front, bloggers from Deepak Bhargava to Sarah VonEsch and The Progressive Pulse call for something like WPA’s jobs program to address today’s unemployment crisis, citing local movements and national initiatives, including Jobs for America Now. There are plans for a march for jobs next month. Which all points to the currency of that history in the dialogue about our present.

John Wiley & Sons, the publisher of Soul of a People, plans to issue a digital edition of the book this spring, and the Smithsonian Channel will release the dvd of Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story on June 29th.

1 thought on “75 Years of WPA Today”

  1. I am part of a project in which we are bringing back the WPA, because the government hasn't! After frustration with the bailouts and stimuli of 2009 that seemed to leave so many Americans feeling disconnected, we decided to bring the Work Projects Administration back ourselves!

    We have started by opening two WPA offices – one in a rural hamlet, and one in an urban center – to do government recovery driven by the neighborhood itself.

    Perhaps we can collaborate…

    For more info and to support the new WPA:

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