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We Work Again (1937)

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A tribute to the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in their efforts to find jobs for African-Americans during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
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Uncredited cast:
Eric Burroughs ...
Hecate (uncredited)
Lawrence Chenault ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Alma Dickson ...
The Duchess (uncredited)
Maurice Ellis ...
Macbeth (uncredited)
Juanita Hall ...
Herself - Choir Director (uncredited)
Zola King ...
Third Witch (uncredited)
Edna Thomas ...
Lady Macbeth (uncredited)
Josephine Williams ...
Second Witch (uncredited)
Wilhelmina Williams ...
First Witch (uncredited)
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In the 1930s, the economic depression has been especially hard on African-American families and communities. But the federal government's Works Progress Administration now provides many new opportunities for employment and advancement. Both skilled and unskilled laborers are employed in many public works projects. Others find work in a wide range of fields, including education, medicine, and even music and the performing arts. Written by Snow Leopard

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Contains the last five minutes of the Federal Works Project production of "Voodoo Macbeth", directed by Orson Welles. See more »

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Narrator: These household training courses have already sent hundreds of girls out into the world, well equipped to secure domestic positions and able to command skilled worker wages.
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The narrator credits Juanita Hall as the choir director during the sequence showing the choir. She is barely visible at the left. See more »

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Ezekial Saw the Wheel
Conducted by Juanita Hall
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An important historical document as well as political propaganda
23 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is not an especially entertaining film, but it is important because of its historical value. It's a propaganda film that extols the virtues of the WPA and it's efforts at job training and work programs. As you listen to it and hear how positively the program SOUNDS like it was, you get the impression that the Depression was over--or nearly so. Unfortunately, it was not and the WPA was more a public relations coup--creating a sense of hope that didn't solve things, but at least made the people feel better about their lives. In other words, the film was a historical record of the government trying to win the public relations war--on which they did an incredible job.

As for the film and its production values, it's only fair. The narration is somber and heavy-handed and there is way too much singing. On the positive side, all the Black-Americans singing, while not especially good for the flow of the film, did provide a nice historical record.


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