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The purpose of the Civil Work Administration was to give unemployed citizens a chance to get manual labor jobs during a time when there was very high unemployment.  

The CWA was part of the New Deal developed by President Roosevelt to give people work and help end the economic depression. 

Americans were put to work in order to make public projects, give people hope and try to get the economy moving. 



   Civil Works Administration



Natalia Novicky

It was created on November 9, 1933, and ended in July 1934. The program lasted for less than one year. It was closed because it was causing too much money



It was a relief program to give unemployed men and women a jump start the economy. 

Today in some states people have to work at least part time in order to collect welfare or health insurance such as Medicaid. These jobs are not usually construction jobs like for the CWA but are usually through social service agency like the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Some people feel that making people work for their money helps them feel useful just like people who worked for the CWA.

The CWA gave unemployed men and women public jobs to help lessen the hardship of the great depression. The people did many construction type jobs including building bridges, building the pipeline, creating schools and even making outhouses. It actually accomplished a great deal for the country and gave people both money and hope for the future.

  • He was the 32nd president of the United States and was first elected in 1932 during the Great Depression.

  • He was related to his wife and former president Theodore Roosevelt

  • At age 39 he was diagnosed with Polio paralyzing him from the waist down causing him to become very wheelchair dependent.

  • He won the election during World War I against Hoover.

  • He was the longest serving president and elected for 4 terms.

  • He had the first woman, Frances Perkins, serve as secretary of labor in his cabinet

  • On December 8, 1941, after meeting both the House and the Senate he declared war on Japan.

  • He was the one who said “ ... The only thing we have to fear is fear itself… ” in his inaugural speech.

  • In 1935 he signed the Social Security Act to provide aid to the countries seniors.

  • He started collecting stamps at the age of 8 and continued throughout his life. He found it a way of relieving stress.

Civil Work Administration Effects on Economy: 

Unemployment rate: Down


Confidence building: Up

Role of government: Up