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The New Deal programs, usually known by their initials, were called "alphabet soup" agencies. The large number of similar titles amused and confused Americans in the 1930s and have challenged history students ever since. There were at least four agencies (FERA,CWA,CCC,WPA) operating similar programs to give relief the unemployed. There were two AAAs (Agricultural Adjustment Administrations) and two CCCs (Civilian Conservation Corps, Commodity Credit Corporation). The WPA and PWA administered similar public employment programs. This editorial in the Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette injects humor into the confusion by suggesting that "alphabet soup" is an old tradition.


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"Alphabet Soup" editorial from Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette
date   Jan 15, 1934
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   5.5"
width   3.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
accession #   #L08.031

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