American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put by Nick Taylor

By Nick Taylor

Seventy-five years after Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the following for the 1st time is the striking tale of 1 of its enduring cornerstones, the Works development management (WPA): its passionate believers, its livid critics, and its awesome accomplishments.

The WPA is American historical past which may no longer be extra present, from delivering fiscal stimulus to renewing a damaged infrastructure. brought in 1935 on the peak of the nice melancholy, while unemployment and desperation governed the land, this debatable national jobs application may endlessly switch the actual panorama and social guidelines of the us. The WPA lasted 8 years, spent $11 billion, hired 8½ million women and men, and gave the rustic not just a renewed spirit yet a clean face. Now this attention-grabbing and informative publication chronicles the WPA from its tumultuous beginnings to its lasting presence, and provides us cues for destiny motion.

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He was wrong. 19 Although the destruction of the office could have been justified in the name of frugality, it is doubtful whether the usually economy-minded Cruce interpreted the move in any way other than as a direct blow to his appointive power. Disenchantment with enforcement during the Cruce period showed among drys and wets alike. Early in 1 9 1 1 , before the abolition of the state agency, B. J. "20 The superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League echoed the same sentiments in remarking that "it will not be seriously claimed .

1 8 The Yearbook of the United States Brewers' Association, 1909, 195. 20 Most liquor sold in Oklahoma throughout the prohibition period arrived in the state through inter­ state commerce. It was not difficult, then, to comprehend Haskell's fight to subject such shipments to the police powers of the state. 21 The Governor's letter was for­ warded to Taft's attorney general, George Wickersham. In a letter to the President, a copy of which subsequently came to Haskell, Wickersham pointed out that efforts had been made to enact legislation designed to limit the introduction of in­ toxicating beverages into those states which forbade or re­ stricted their manufacture or sale.

35 For comments on the amendment, see Harlow's Weekly, July 4, 1914, and the Daily Oklahoman, July 1 7 and October 13, 16, 1914. "36 The resolution got nowhere. Long obscured by the Anti-Saloon League, the WCTU re­ entered the temperance limelight by urging upon the Gov­ ernor and the legislature a scientific prohibition-instruction measure. The president, Abbie Hillerman, who had worked untiringly at the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention, pre­ sented the bill to the House Prohibition Committee.

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