New federal programs

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New federal programs.   In April 1935, Congress passed the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act with the largest  portion of its funding earmarked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Over the  next eight years, the WPA provided 8.5 million Americans with jobs building highways,  parks, bridges, and airports. The new agency also expanded the definition of relief to  include men and women in the arts who were on welfare. A series of programs provided  employment to writers (Federal Writers' Project), actors (Federal Theater Project), artists  (Federal Art Project), and musicians (Federal Music Project). The WPA was renamed  the Works Projects Administration in 1939.  Roosevelt's answer to the Townsend Plan was the Social Security Act (August 1935),  which has proved to be the most enduring legislation of the New Deal. Its key feature 
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