Works Project Administration
Yasu, Sara, Yuichiro, Hana and Marika
The WPA was a project which started in May 6th 1933 by president Franklin D Roosevelt. The WPA was implemented to provide jobs for unskilled people who lost their jobs due to the Great Depression. The WPA focused on public works such as construction of roads, bridges, public buildings and airports. Jobs that the WPA created was not just constructing jobs but supported arts as well. There were also other jobs that employed mostly women such as textiles at sewing factories. However, only 13.5% of the WPA employed workers were women, and this suggest the gender inequality at that time. The WPA saved approximately 3 million unemployed people.
OMaM Works Project Administration
Saturday, Nov. 15th, 9:30am
Cafeteria of International School of Asia, Karuizawa
An American man who lost his job due to the Great Depression. He was employed for constructing Dock Street Theater in Charleston, South Carolina through the WPA. He is extremely talented at singing opera, thus he was personally hired by Roosevelt to sing professionally at a theater. He is friends with William Baker and Helen Brant. Played by Yuichiro Kanaoka.
An American woman who has to support her family due to her husband being crippled. She became desperate for a job especially after the Great Depression had begun. However, she was unable to get a job because of the gender inequality of the 1930s. Later on, she gets employed at a sewing factory when Roosevelt showed her sympathy of her predicament. She is friends with George Marcus and William Baker. Played by Sara Margarita Lamk Saavedra.
An African American man who lost his job due to the Great Depression. He was employed to build the same theatre as George with the help of the WPA. Despite the racism in the 1930s, he was still able to get a job because of the workforce that was needed at that time. He is friends with George Baker and Helen Brant. Played by Thanaisri "Hana" Ellamaran