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October 17, 1936

Report on the Works Program

JAMA. 1936;107(16):1331. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770420069038

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Abstract

This is a descriptive and statistical account of the Federal Works Program. The works program is a consolidation of the emergency work activities financed by funds appropriated under the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935. This act gave expression to the policy that, in place of direct relief, aid for the unemployed was to take the form of useful public work. Under the program, 3,850,000 persons were employed at the end of February 1936. Some of the activities of the program described in this report are the construction of farm-to-market roads which will provide improved highways for millions of farmers—these road projects represent a value of $160,000,000; the construction or repair of 5,300 school buildings; the erection or repair of 4,200 public buildings (excluding schools); the construction or improvement of 5,000 parks and playgrounds; the installation or repair of 6,300 water and sewer system plants; the completion of 328 airport

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