Saturday, January 26, 2013
WPA Music for Schoolchildren
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This program shows a WPA orchestra providing music for an elementary school commencement ceremony in Jersey Homesteads, New Jersey, in 1938. Jersey Homesteads--now called Roosevelt--was a New Deal planned community.
All across America, unemployed musicians were offered job opportunities in WPA orchestras. These orchestras provided entertainment for millions of Americans.