- Work Projects Administration: the former federal agency (1935–43) charged with instituting and administering public works in order to relieve national unemployment.Originally Works Progress Administration.
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Examples from the Web for wpa
For example, the bookmobile was a WPA program—old bread and milk trucks full of nailed-up shelves.James Lee Burke Talks About His Fiction, History, and the American Dream
July 20, 2014
We have these amazing parks that were park of the WPA in the 1930s.Ann Patchett: How I Write
October 30, 2013
The first trails at the area were cut by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the winter of 1936.Olympians Dish on Their Favorite Spots to Ski & Snowboard
The Daily Beast
October 26, 2013
The architecture of the WPA had a very distinct, and very consistent, aesthetic: austere Art Deco, bordering on the monolithic.Obama's Building Boom: Will His Architecture Legacy Be as Lasting as FDR's?
January 4, 2011
Much of her ability to read has been gained from attendance in recent years in WPA "opportunity classes" in the city.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States
Work Projects Administration
- Work Projects Administration or Works Progress Administration
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Word Origin and History for wpa
1936, initialism from Works Progress Administration, U.S. agency established 1935.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper