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 "A project created to provide employment for historians, teachers, writers, librarians and other white-collar workers."


 Federal Writers'





 The purpose of the FWP was a federal government project to fund written work support writers during the Great Depression.  It was also part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) which was a New Deal program.

Derek Phillips


The Federal Writers' Project was created in 1935 and lasted through the late 1939's.

The project was labeled as a relief program



The project also received a lot of criticism from conservatives, and especially the House Un-American Activities Committee.  The project eventually came to an end in 1939, although the program was allowed to continue under state sponsorship until 1943.  There is no real reason for the project ending, but a lot of people relate it to the fact that the project was not needed any more of 1939.

How it ended

The Federal Writers' Project was funded under the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935.  It was first established July 27th, 1935 by Franklin Roosevelt.  The main purpose of the FWP was to employ writers, researchers, editors, historians, art critics, archaeologists, geologists, and cartographers.  There was a total of about 6,600 people employed by the FWP.  One of the more notable projects that they completed included the Slave Narrative Collection, which was a set of interviews that had over 2,300 first-hand accounts of slavery and 500 black and white photographs of former slaves.  The project also had guides for every state and territory except Hawaii.  It also produced ethnic studies, folklore collections, local histories and nature studies which totaled up to more than 1,000 books and pamphlets.  Workers in this field made about $80 a week, working 20 to 30 hours a week. 

FWP Description


1.) FDR had half a brother.

2.) He collected stamps during his whole life.

3.) He dropped out of law school.

4.) A majority of people didn't know he was handicapped.

5.) He tried to increase the size of the Surpreme Court.

6.) He was the first sitting President to fly in a plane.

7.) He was the longest serving president.

8.) He won all of his presidential elections in landslides.

9.) He was distantly related to his wife.

10.) He made history when he appointed Frances Perkins to his cabinet in 1933.


Unemployment rate: Decrease

Government spending: Up


Confidence-building: Decrease

Role of government: Up



FDR Facts