Work Pays America (Part II)by U.S. Work Projects AdministrationPublished 1937Usage Public DomainTopics New Deal: WPAHow the WPA's program of public works benefits both unemployed workers and American society.Run time 15:01Producer U.S. Work Projects AdministrationSponsor U.S. Work Projects AdministrationAudio/Visual Sd, B&WShotlistSings the praises of the WPA.Contents. Activities of the Works Progress Administration (now Work Projects Administration), and work being done on various types of projects.In the opening sequence, workingmen are shown as the commentator explains why the Works Progress Administration came into existence and something of its plan of work.Reel 3 presents the work of the theater and art projects. A WPA orchestra is playing a concert. A Negro choir sings. Work in painting is indicated as an artist is shown at work. The murals on the mess hall at West Point and a stained-glass window at the same institution indicate another phase of the work. A commemorative tablet is shown as the commentator tells of the work in sculpturing. Fine work done for museums is depicted by scenes of work on the reconstruction of a Persian ceiling and the mounting of fossils and animal skeletons. The Federal Theatre Project is represented by short scenes from Pinafore, It Can't Happen Here, and the all-Negro production of Macbeth.Reel 4 deals with the work of the Works Progress Administration in times of disaster. As flood devastated areas are shown, the commentator explains the activities of the WPA in such emergencies. Women and children are rescued from rising waters. Food distribution and hospital work are shown. Men carry sandbags and other materials to be used to raise the levees above the crest of the flood waters. Harry Hopkins inspects levee work. Men are shown clearing up the debris left by the flood. Workers on WPA are shown distributing food and administering medical care to victims of the dust storms. As roadbuilding operations are shown, the commentator explains that this work provides employment for farmers deprived of a livelihood. Dams are constructed to correct drought conditions. Scenes of a forest fire and of WPA workers fighting fire are shown.Reel 5 shows work in constructing, improving, and maintaining recreational facilities, parks, and places of historic importance. Scenes at a zoo show children watching animals, and playground scenes show children playing on swings, slides, etc. Views of a swimming pool in which boys and girls are swimming and diving are accompanied by the explanation that WPA labor has been used in constructing pools and bathhouses. At a toy lending library a child selects a toy. Views of camp life, sleeping quarters, playgrounds, and a swimming hole illustrate efforts of the WPA in providing country camps for city children. Work in repairing and maintaining historic places is illustrated by scenes of the stockade at old Fort Niagara and of the reconstructed village of New Salem, Illinois.
[s.l.] : [s.n.], [1937?]
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