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.
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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration. This movie contains the only known footage of the 1936 production of "Macbeth" produced by the Negro Theatre Unit of the Federal Theatre Project of the WPA, and directed by Orson Welles when he was 20 years old. See more
A number of household training schools have been established by WPA. In these schools, girls from relief families prepare for domestic work which will make them self-supporting. Others take the course in order to learn the arts of home-making for use in their own homes. In modern kitchens, under competent instructors, the girls are taught to cook and prepare salads and other delicacies which add much to everyday meals.
The narrator credits Juanita Hall as the choir director during the sequence showing the choir. She is barely visible at the left. See more
Ezekial Saw the Wheel
Conducted by Juanita Hall See more