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  • It was the pre-relief, pre-WPA world of the depression.
    Tillie Olsen  --  I Stand Here Ironing
  • If he held his mouth right, Mr. Cunningham could get a WPA job, but his land would go to ruin if he left it, and he was willing to go hungry to keep his land and vote as he pleased.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Mr. MacAdorey tells Dad there’s work with the WPA and when he gets the work there’s money for food and Mam leaves the bed to clean the twins and to feed us.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • These WPA men had built a band shell in the town; sidewalks; some sewers.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers

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  • He handled it poorly when, one cold afternoon in early spring, on their way to Yosemite, she suggested they splurge and stay at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel, a grand WPA-era jewel of rustic western architecture.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • That winter I had a spell of the WPA.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I studied the situation, then laid the matter before white friends of mine who held influential positions in the Works Progress Administration.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • I went to work for the state office of the Works Progress Administration as junior publicity agent.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • Beyond this is bare red clay scattered with water pipes and heaps of black dirt—an uncompleted WPA project.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • The street was finally paved under the WPA program, and a new realty company picked up the mortgage on the buildings.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place

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  • In the 1930s and early 1940s, workers from the Works Progress Administration made a series of recordings and photographs in this part of Texas.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • One of the former slaves interviewed by the WPA was born in Liberia, captured there in the 1850s, and brought to Texas as a child.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • One WPA interviewee was Laura Smalley of Hempstead, Texas, south of Springville, in the same river country, known as Brazos Bottom.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Many of the men and women carrying placards were old friends of mine, and they were chanting for higher wages for Works Progress Administration artists and writers.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • The first thing was that Mr. Bob Ewell acquired and lost a job in a matter of days and probably made himself unique in the annals of the nineteen-thirties: he was the only man I ever heard of who was fired from the WPA for laziness.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • ) Some workers had come to Franklin Borough while he was in high school; men who said they belonged to something called the WPA.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I telephoned my white friends in the Works Progress Administration: "Transfer me at once to another job, or I’ll be murdered.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
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