Monday, August 19, 2013

Half-a-Billion WPA Sewing Items

(WPA poster, image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.) 

Did you know that WPA sewing room projects created over 500 million items, including clothes for adults, children, and infants? 

For the war effort, WPA workers made items like canteen covers and military blankets. It was a win, win, and win situation: Jobless Americans were given work, low-income Americans received some new clothes, and our soldiers were better supplied. 

Unfortunately, this type of problem-solving is impossible today, as our congressional "leaders" are too focused on bickering with each other, and too focused on soliciting corporate funding for their next election campaign, to worry about jobless and low-income Americans.

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