THE WPA IS SET UP
ON A gray March day in 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelttook the oath of office to become the thirtysecond President of the United States. This was the last inauguration to take place on March 4th, and though the bands blared no louder then than they had for similar ceremonies in the past, it was the most dramatic.
The November before Roosevelt had been elected by the largest majority so far recorded in this country. And now after formally swearing, as thirty-one men before him had sworn, faithfully to execute the office of the President of the United States and to the best of his ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, he made this further, more personal pledge: "I am prepared under my constitutional duty to recommend the measures that a stricken nation in the midst of a stricken world may require."
And a stricken nation it was indeed. Even as its new President spoke of the "assurance of a rounded and permanent national life," the doors of its more than fourteen thousand banks were tightly locked