Works Progress Administration, later Works Projects Administration, an agency of the United States government from 1935 to mid-1943. The WPA was established in the midst of the Great Depression to provide useful work for needy persons. More than 8,500,000 men and women were employed in building and improvement jobs, and in projects involving writers, artists, and theatrical workers. The agency spent nearly $11,000,000,000.
New Deal, the name that was given to the reform program of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1939.
Railroads of the 1920s reflected a time of uncertainty in the industry at the time. Technology greatly improved train transportation, but the Great Depression brought about a bust in the industry. Learn more about the railroads of the 1920s.