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Work Pays America 1937 WPA Works Progress Administration; Construction During Great D

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  1. searcher

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    Work Pays America 1937 WPA Works Progress Administration; Construction During Great Depression
    (Jeff Quitney)



    https://youtu.be/v8aRi21V5mg

    Published on Aug 13, 2015
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    'Sings the praises of the WPA.
    Contents. Activities of the Works Progress Administration (now Work Projects Administration), and work being done on various types of projects.

    In the opening sequence, workingmen are shown as the commentator explains why the Works Progress Administration came into existence and something of its plan of work.

    The first activities presented are those of road construction. Without an attempt to give information as to processes, general scenes of road construction operations are shown. The commentator explains the need for secondary roads from farm to market as muddy rural road conditions are pictured. The use of local raw materials is suggested in a short scene of quarry operations. Views of graveling operations are shown, and the commentator refers to roads that are being built at centers of attraction for tourists.

    The work of the Works Progress Administration in improving city water-supply systems is indicated by scenes of reservoir construction at Atlantic City. The commentator explains that there exists a large group of projects to provide facilities for public gatherings, and there is a short scene of construction work on a community stadium. General scenes show improvements being made at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and construction work on bridges and sewers. The commentator says that there is need for better airport facilities, and the film shows WPA work in building and improving airports. There are scenes of airport construction at Newark, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Scenes of buildings being torn down are accompanied by explanations concerning slum clearance work.

    Reel 2 deals with white-collar jobs. Work in the traffic survey is suggested as men are shown making traffic counts. Work to decrease automobile accidents is indicated by views of a girl taking a driving test and WPA workers testing cars. Sewing projects are explained by the commentator as women are shown cutting and sewing garments. Activities in dress designing and textile weaving are shown. As women are pictured working in a kitchen, the commentator says that school lunches are prepared for undernourished children of needy families. A traveling library is shown as the commentator describes the extent of this kind of work. Public nursing projects are presented in a few scenes of nurses examining babies. Braille maps and books are prepared for the blind. Victims of trachoma, a dread eye disease, are taken to a clinic for treatment. In a therapeutic pool for infantile paralysis victims, an attendant aids a child to exercise his crippled muscles. Children are shown eating, playing, and sleeping at a WPA nursery. Adult education activities are shown in a class where foreign-born men and women are learning to read and write English. Vocational training is offered in a millinery class, a tailoring class, and a household arts class. As the commentator explains that the Works Progress Administration cooperates with the National Youth Administration in providing work for young people, girls are shown canning fruit and boys are shown restocking fishing grounds.

    Reel 3 presents the work of the theater and art projects. A WPA orchestra is playing a concert. A Negro choir sings. Work in painting is indicated as an artist is shown at work. The murals on the mess hall at West Point and a stained-glass window at the same institution indicate another phase of the work. A commemorative tablet is shown as the commentator tells of the work in sculpturing. Fine work done for museums is depicted by scenes of work on the reconstruction of a Persian ceiling and the mounting of fossils and animal skeletons. The Federal Theatre Project is represented by short scenes from Pinafore, It Can't Happen Here, and the all-Negro production of Macbeth.

    Reel 4 deals with the work of the Works Progress Administration in times of disaster. As flood devastated areas are shown, the commentator explains the activities of the WPA in such emergencies...

    Reel 5 shows work in constructing, improving, and maintaining recreational facilities, parks, and places of historic importance. Scenes at a zoo show children watching animals, and playground scenes show children playing on swings, slides, etc...'

    Public domain film from the Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied.

    The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
     
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    Re: Work Pays America 1937 WPA Works Progress Administration; Construction During Gre

    They got paid shit, worked long hours and most of their money had to be sent back home.
     
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    Re: Work Pays America 1937 WPA Works Progress Administration; Construction During Gre

    I think it is sad anyone would feel that way. They built some great things for this country. They were working and they had pride. I know...that is out of fashion right now.
     
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    Re: Work Pays America 1937 WPA Works Progress Administration; Construction During Gre

    Get government out of the picture and let private industry provide services.
     
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    Re: Work Pays America 1937 WPA Works Progress Administration; Construction During Gre

    Well put :beerglass:
     
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    Re: Work Pays America 1937 WPA Works Progress Administration; Construction During Gre

    During the Great Depression private industry was devastated and had no capital to provide jobs or services.

    The government put people to work in this situation, they did not hand out free money, healthcare, food, rent, and phones.

    It actually worked out pretty well for the time it was needed.
     
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    Re: Work Pays America 1937 WPA Works Progress Administration; Construction During Gre

    Government created the Great Depression.
     

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