Elvis Slept Here

The federal government’s foray into urban redevelopment that began under the New Deal reshaped cities across America—with mixed success. The Public Works Administration (PWA) began clearing slums in many cities in 1934, but work was temporarily halted after a Supreme… read more

“We Patch Anything”: WPA Sewing Rooms in Fort Worth, Texas

Work programs for women were first established in 1933 through the Women’s Division of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). Some women were placed in clerical jobs or worked as librarians, others went to work canning, gardening, and sewing. The Fort Worth seamstresses took great pride in their work, proclaiming that the initials “WPA” stood for “We Patch Anything.”… read more