Rediscovering Oral Histories of the WPA

Although most widely remembered for its construction and art projects, another of the WPA’s missions was putting unemployed historians and writers back to work.  In Orange County, California, this materialized in the form of WPA Project #3105—an exhaustive chronicling of… read more

Canada’s Raw Deal

Harvey Smith recently came across an article on the Canadian Broadcasting System’s history/learning website, Le Canada, about the Tory alternative to FDR’s New Deal during the early years of the Great Depression:  involuntary work camps for  unemployed men. Such men… read more