By Nick Taylor

ISBN-10: 0553381326

ISBN-13: 9780553381320

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

The WPA is American background which could no longer be extra present, from delivering financial stimulus to renewing a damaged infrastructure. brought in 1935 on the peak of the good melancholy, while unemployment and desperation governed the land, this arguable national jobs software may eternally swap the actual panorama and social guidelines of the U.S.. 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 interesting and informative ebook chronicles the WPA from its tumultuous beginnings to its lasting presence, and provides us cues for destiny motion.

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The mouth of the Chicago River pictured in 1850. By this time the full impact of the canal and lake trade could be seen as the city developed into a busy harbor employing immigrants and native born alike. ) farmhouses, silos, barns, and towns. Chicago, located within reach of the vast forests of Michigan and Wisconsin, was the obvious gathering and shipping point for the industry. Water traffic was crucial to this movement of pine toward its natural market in the West. Lake Michigan funneled lumber to the Port of Chicago, which could then send it on its way.

2 Emporium of the West Figure 12. This artist’s depiction of Chicago in 1853 shows the growth of the South Side as it spreads from the busy river. ) In 1859, the McCormick Reaper Works occupied five buildings of two to five stories each providing 110,000 square feet of space on the north bank of the Chicago River’s Main Branch with a huge yard and dock on the river. The ­offices housed clerks who used maps marked with the chief grain-growing ­regions of the United States and tracked the offices and agents of the company as well as their sales over the last five years.

The inventor, Hiram Berdon, also addressed the concerns of local bakers, claiming that this “revolution” in bread production would relieve Chicago’s bakers of endless toil. 8 Growth Problems Throughout history, American cities, especially western cities, constantly looked toward the federal government for assistance. In 1847, Chicago became the site of the River and Harbor Convention, the city’s first major national meeting. The convention was called largely to protest President Polk’s 1846 veto of the River and Harbor bill.

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