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American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work

 
 
 
 
American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work
Author: Nick Taylor
ISBN 13: 9780553381320
ISBN 10: 553381326
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: 2009-02-24
Format: Paperback
Pages: 640
List Price: $18.00
 
 

This is the first history of one of the most controversial, humane, and enduring programs to come out of the terrible Depression years of the 1930s: the jobs program, known as the Works Progress Administration, that for eight years restored pride and paychecks to many millions of hungry, homeless, and jobless Americans.

The Washington Post - H. W. Brands

Taylor's American-Made is bigger than its title suggests; he provides a succinct survey of the Great Depression and particularly its consequences for workers…he interweaves personal stories with explanations of policy. His manner is brisk; chapters of four and five pages fly by. He treats Roosevelt sympathetically, but his hero is Harry Hopkins, the WPA's founding director.