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On April 8, 1935, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was born. The WPA was part of a huge program called the New Deal. The New Deal helped Americans survive the Great Depression, when millions of people lost their jobs and homes. 
 
The WPA put people to work! WPA workers built bridges, roads, dams, airports, parks, and buildings such as theaters. They cleared forests to make way for the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington and built the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California.
 
Artists also worked for the WPA. They created beautiful posters for national parks and more than 2,500 murals for buildings such as schools and post offices across the United States.
combat
Verb

to fight.

Congress
Noun

legislative branch of the government, responsible for making laws. The U.S. Congress has two bodies, the House of Representatives and the Senate.

forest
Noun

ecosystem filled with trees and underbrush.

Great Depression
Noun

(1929-1941) period of very low economic activity in the U.S. and throughout the world.

industry
Noun

activity that produces goods and services.

inspire
Verb

to influence to act.

mural
Noun

artwork painted directly on a wall.

national park
Noun

geographic area protected by the national government of a country.

New Deal
Noun

(1933-1938) series of U.S. government programs intended to provide economic "relief, recovery, and reform" to Americans during the Great Depression.

public
Adjective

available to an entire community, not limited to paying members.

survive
Verb

to live.

Works Progress Administration (WPA)
Noun

(1935-1943) federal agency formed during the Great Depression to create public work for the unemployed. Also called the Works Projects Administration.

World War II
Noun

(1939-1945) armed conflict between the Allies (represented by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union) and the Axis (represented by Germany, Italy, and Japan.)

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