America Fights the Depression CWA 1933-34

The Civil Works Administration (CWA) was one of the New Deal's earliest work relief programs, predating the WPA by about two years, initiated in the first year of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term. It put 4,040,000 unemployed people to work on more than 200,000 projects between November 9, 1933, and March 31, 1934 — a period of just 4½ months. The 9"×12" 160-page hardcover book America Fights the Depression: A Photographic Record of the Civil Works Administration by Henry G. Alsberg, Coward-McCann, New York (1934), presents a sampling of the kinds of work that was done, but in most cases without identifying specific projects. Most of the pictures show CWA workers digging, building things, fixing things, painting things, and so on. The one exception is the art section, that shows specific works of art and identifies the artists. The art pages are reproduced here. The other notable feature of the book is a ringing endorsement of the concepts behind the New Deal by Harry Hopkins, who was in charge of FDR's most significant work-relief agencies: FERA, CWA, and finally the WPA. You can read the introduction just below these pictures:
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