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14 of the New Deals Alphabet Agencies


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CWA (Civil Works Administration)
CWA workers on their way to fill a gully with wheelbarrows of earth during the construction of the Lake Merced Parkway Boulevard in San Francisco, 1934.
CWA workers on their way to fill a gully with wheelbarrows of earth during the construction of the Lake Merced Parkway Boulevard in San Francisco, 1934.
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This agency, created in 1933, lasted only one year, but it provided construction jobs for more than four million people who were paid $15 per week to work on schools, roads, and sewers. Some of these jobs were considered frivolous, such as raking leaves. But this program contributed to the morale and self-esteem of millions of displaced people by providing them with steady employment.

 


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