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Fri January 20, 2012

New Deal (Part Two)

Big Bill Broonzy was a Depression-era Blues singer who once worked at Iowa State University.

Mention the New Deal, and most Iowans would think of a bridge, state park or school gymnasium. But the arts also flourished during the Great Depression, thanks to federal programs that gave jobs to painters, sculptors, writers and performers. A museum director calls it, "the greatest art movement in Iowa in 100 years."

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