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    :: Friday, April 04, 2008 ::

    Book traces history of WPA, which employed millions in U.S. during Depression - By Bob Thomas/AP via MacLeans
    The agency hired 8.5 million workers and spent $11 billion over a period of eight years to pave highways, build municipal airports (New York's LaGuardia and Washington's Reagan National), repair bridges, serve lunches to school children, and create such landmarks as Camp David, San Antonio's River Walk and the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

    Bantam Dell has recently published a book with a title befitting its heft: "American Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA, When FDR Put the Nation to Work," by Nick Taylor.

    The WPA was born on March 21, 1935, a first-term vision of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose primary mission at the time was to put America's five million unemployed back to work.
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