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In 1935, FDR convinced Congress to establish the Works Progress Administration, to broaden the approach of the CWA (Civilian(Civil) Works Administration), which had cost too much to continue. The WPA constructed roads and public buildings and post offices. Besides basic construction works, the WPA hired artists to paint murals in public buildings, and writers to prepare guide books of states and areas of interest to the public. In the South, authors were sent out to interview people about what they recalled about slavery. Plays were performed in areas where people had never seen live entertainment. The National Youth Administration, part of the WPA, provided jobs for 2 million high school and college students. The WPA spent more than $11 billion and employed 8.5 million people by the time it was ended in 1943.

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