Bridge built by CCC workers, Shady Lake Recreation Area, Arkansas.
On April 5, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps, a massive relief program that paid young men to plant trees and build parks across the nation. It was money well spent.
A big part of that check is being drawn from middle-class accounts.
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The American middle class has been on a rocky ride during the 20th century, surging after World War II but falling since the 1980s. The Republican tax plan may be its death knell.
Women shipfitters working on board the USS Nereus at the U.S. Navy Yard in Mare Island, circa 1943.
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Thousands of American women moved west to take advantage of wartime employment opportunities during WWII. For some, this version of the California dream was temporary; for others, it lasted a lifetime.
Trump will soon learn the costs of going it alone on trade.
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American lawmakers in the 1930s learned the hard way what happens when a country raises tariffs and makes other unilateral trade decisions.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in the US.
The World Bank has changed direction. It won't be giving up on public funding, but it will increasingly be trying to attract private investors to developing countries.
Larissa Pisney of Denver protests outside the Aurora, Colorado offices of Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) to show her displeasure with efforts to dismantle the ACA.
Cutting back or cutting out social safety net programs, as the Senate and House health care proposals would do, is rare. Here's a look at how such actions have fared.
Traders react with dismay after stocks plunged in September 2008 following the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
Instead, we need to burn the entire system of financial regulation to the ground and replace it with something that supports investing the way it's done today.
Fioramonti in Edinburgh.
South African economist is one of leading voices questioning the way we relate everything to a single statistic.
Charles Sheeler, American Landscape, 1930. Photo © 2016. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence
The Royal Academy’s two shows allow us to dive into the history of US/Soviet relations at their most vivid.
Donald Trump may be a populist, but his policies are set to be particularly popular with the banking industry.
Brazilian educator Paulo Freire wrote extensively about education that oppresses.
The lessons Paulo Freire learnt nearly 90 years ago and the theories he developed from painful personal experience still resonate across Africa's schooling systems today.
Malcolm Turnbull is facing many of the same obstacles as James Scullin but in a less extreme form.
James Scullin’s prime ministership was ultimately cut short because, in the face of a great economic crisis, he did not appear to have a coherent plan.
Posters advertise the dramatization of Sinclair Lewis’ ‘It Can’t Happen Here.’
Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel 'It Can't Happen Here,' which described the rise of an American dictator, was turned into a play seen by over 500,000 people.
Could this be you?
'American Idol' fittingly appeared nine months after 9/11 – and ends just in time for Donald Trump's rise.
Maybe not, if you work on Wall Street.
Falling homeownership rates, stagnant wages and diminishing retirement savings mean that for more and more Americans, the middle-class dream is slowly dying – if it's not already gone.
In order to support his young family, William Faulkner took a job shoveling coal at a power plant on Ole Miss’s campus.
Slated to be demolished this year, a crumbling brick building on Ole Miss' campus once operated as a power plant where novelist William Faulkner shoveled coal – and feverishly wrote.
It was a red day on Wall Street Monday.
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Perhaps the world's most famous index dropped 1,000 points in a matter of minutes Monday as part of an ongoing global stocks sell-off. What does that mean for you and me?
Art as labor.
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration; WPA, Federal Art Project, 1935-1943
Why do we need the humanities? A scholar of arts revisits a moment in the 1930s to emphasize the importance of creative work and its value in our education.
A detail from the north wall of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry.
Diego Rivera, 1932. Detroit Institute of Arts
A new exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts highlights a controversial mural commissioned during a period fraught with social unrest.
Former US Poet Laureate Philip Levine (1928-2015) was down to earth and humble. But he spared no rage towards those he deemed selfish and narcissistic.
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Kate Daniels, the director of Vanderbilt's creative writing program, recalls the life and work of her mentor, a man "devoted...to creating gritty and empathetic portraits of American blue collar workers."