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Through the WPA, the government offered employment on public projects to millions of Americans during the 1930s.

Through the WPA, the government offered employment on public projects to millions of Americans during the 1930s.

Poster by Vera Bock. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Through the WPA, the government offered employment on public projects to millions of Americans during the 1930s.

Images of the Era: 1913-1945

Most Americans greeted the 20th century with optimism. The early decades saw economic growth and the expansion of democracy as women gained the vote. But two world wars, the Great Depression, and the nuclear age later tested such confidence.