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#3 The Civil Works Administration employed unskilled people in need of work, sewing was one of the jobs many women did.


Road construction project of the Civil Works Administration in Burnt Corn, Alabama. :: Alabama Photographs and Pictures Collection

On July 15, 1938, PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT wrote a letter of greeting to the representatives of the public and of the medical professions who would be attending the National Health Conference in Washington, D.C. The President told them that there was a pressing need for a coordinated national action program on health. "Such a program," wrote the President, "necessarily must take account of the fact that millions . . . .

Nostalgia for New Deal Job Plan

The Civil Works Administration (CWA), created during a lunchtime meeting in November 1933, put 4.3 million people to work 10 weeks later on roads, schools, parks, playgrounds and athletic fields. PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT's better-known WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) employed millions more and left durable monuments all over the country. . . . (PHOTO: WPA construction workers in 1936. The Roosevelt program was one of several that employed millions during the Great Depression.)

The New Deal - Timeline of The New Deal: Using at timeline storyboard, have students plot main events of FDR's New Deal. They should include effects of The New Deal and information about the Civil Works Administration and Relief Recovery Reform.


Harry Hopkins' New Deal work relief and jobs programs, designed to overcome the economic devastation wrought by the Great Depression during the 1930s, included the Temporary Emergency Relief Administration (TERA), the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), the Civil Works Administration (CWA), and the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Men holding traps and dead rats in Geneva, Alabama, as part of a project of the Civil Works Administration. :: Alabama Photographs and Pictures Collection


The Civil Works Administration was established during the Great Depression to rapidly create manual labor jobs for millions of unemployed workers. The jobs were President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled the CWA on November 8, 1933. Roosevelt was convinced that jobs were much better for everyone than cash handouts. The CWA's workers laid 12 million feet of sewer pipe and built or improved 255,000 miles of roads, 40,000 schools, 3,700 playgrounds, and nearly 1,000 airports.

The CWA on that rock pillar stands for Civil Works Administration (built the outdoor stands for Irving Jr High, Pocatello ID)

Memphis Pink Palace Museum Murals - Project type: Art, Mural New Deal Agencies: Civil Works Administration (CWA), Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) Started: 1934 Completed: 1935 Artists: Burton Callicott