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Bell Ringer: The Works Progress Administration

The Works Progress Administration

Sandra Opdycke of Vassar College’s Institute for Innovation in Social Policy explained the history of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which gave employment to 8 million Americans during its eight-year existence (1935-1943).

Description

Sandra Opdycke of Vassar College’s Institute for Innovation in Social Policy explained the history of FDR's Works Progress Administration (WPA), which gave employment to 8 million Americans during its eight-year existence (1935-1943).

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Explain the origin of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
  • Describe Harry Hopkin's approach to getting people back to work with this program.
  • Describe the two projects Sandra Opdycke explains that were developed as part of the WPA program.
  • What other projects were developed in towns across the country as part of this program?
  • According to Sandra Opdycke, what were some of the perceptions of participants in this program?
  • Which areas comprised the arts program of the WPA?
  • Explain the allocation of funds for these programs.
  • What impact did these programs have on participants?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Allocate
    • Destitute
    • General Motors
    • Grants
    • Great Depression
    • Proficiency
    • Proposal
    • Visual Arts

    Topics

    Social Services U.S. History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity