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WPA

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Definition largest of the Depression era relief measures employing millions and impacting almost every community; offered work to the unemployed for such tasks as roadwork, building construction, slum clearance, reforestation, and rural rehabilitation (1935-1943)
  • It was the pre-relief, pre-WPA world of the depression.
    Tillie Olsen  --  I Stand Here Ironing
WPA = largest of the Depression era relief measures that put millions to work
  • 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
  • WPA = largest of the Depression era relief measures that put millions to work
  • 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
  • WPA = largest of the Depression era relief measures that put millions to work
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I went to work for the state office of the Works Progress Administration as junior publicity agent.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer's Beginnings
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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?
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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