Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Charles Bussey, David Lee, Francis Thompson

Degree Program

Department of History

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The Works Progress Administration (WPA) aided 8.5 million people across the United States during its existence WPA projects in Daviess County, Kentucky, admirably served as an example of the way national laws and regulations filtered down and worked in a single county. The federal program touched the lives of a variety of Daviess Countians in a positive manner. Blue collar workers, white collar workers, women, slacks, and even people involved with the arts received jobs through this program. Local WPA projects illustrate the various jobs obtained by needy men and women from the relief rolls. The WPA aided these local citizens physically and socially by giving them jobs, which in turn put food on their table and restored their pride. This federal program, which received much criticism at times, functioned efficiently and effectively in Daviess County.


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