The CCC and WPA

During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) were just two of many Federal programs, that, along with state programs, brought work to Arizonans. Although the programs were not without problems, they remained in place until World War II.

Read About It

Use the document analysis sheet and the photograph analysis sheet to uncover clues about the people that created the documents. 

Understand It

  1. What work did the CCC do? What work did the WPA do?
  2. Many projects undertaken by the WPA and CCC were marked with the programs' initials. Visit parks and look at walls and public sidewalks in your community. Were any built by the WPA or CCC?
  3. Who created the documents linked above? What were their biases?
  4. What were the strengths and weaknesses of the CCC and WPA? If you needed to create a program to put Americans in need to work, how would you do it?

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Visit the websites below to learn more. Based on this new information, have your answers to the questions above changed?

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