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Works Progress Administration definition


The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a New Deal program initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 to provide jobs for unemployed Americans during the Great Depression. It was the largest and most ambitious of all the New Deal programs, employing millions of people and funding a wide range of public projects, including the construction or improvement of roads, bridges, schools, parks, and other public facilities. The WPA also employed writers, artists, musicians, actors, and other cultural workers to create works of art, literature, and entertainment. The WPA was disbanded in 1943 after the United States entered World War II and experienced a surge in defense-related job opportunities.