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Millions of Americans lost their jobs during the Great Depression of the 1930s. As a result, many people could not afford to pay their bills or feed their children.
At the same time, theaters across the country were forced to close down. Because fewer people were purchasing theater tickets, actors and writers found themselves out of work.
To help people get back to work and to feed the economy, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1935. Soon, millions of people were making, repairing, and restoring roads, bridges, parks, and buildings. The WPA provided employment for 3.6 million people in the first year it was …