Hard Times; an Oral History of the Great Depression Setting & Symbolism

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Works Progress Administration

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a central component of Roosevelt's New Deal. Recognizing the psychological effect relief had on the unemployed, the WPA created large building projects to create work.

National Recovery Administration

The National Recovery Administration (NRA) was an early and controversial program of the New Deal. Among other things, it allowed larger governmental regulation of the economy, applied a minimum wage, and ensured collective bargaining for unions. Eventually, the Supreme Court determined the NRA was unconstitutional.

The Bonus March

Following World War One, Congress passed legislation promising a bonus of several thousand dollars to returning veterans. Following the Crash of '29, President Hoover put a hold on bonus payment. What resulted was the Bonus March of 1932, when thousands of unemployed vets descended on and occupied Washington, DC. Eventually, Hoover had the vets removed from the city by fellow soldiers with tear gas...

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