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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Fri January 20, 2012

New Deal (Part Two)

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

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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Iowa Archives
5:00 am
Thu January 19, 2012

New Deal (Part One)

The stone shelter at Spirit Lake's Mini-Wakan State Park was a New Deal project.

Seventy-five years ago, the federal government bankrolled countless infrastructure programs that put tens of thousands of Iowans to work; many of the projects are enjoying a revival, of sorts. Some are being renovated, others are endangered, and many are just as vital as they were in the 1930s.

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