VIII
TOWARD UNDERSTANDING THE WPA

THERE is a rumor whispered about in the WPA project where she is now engaged that Maria Zenecoff was once a countess. And the rumor, Maria will admit to you after you know her well, is not without foundation. She may even show you the only mementos she still keeps of those far-off days in Russia, the pictures of her father resplendent in his general's uniform, of her mother glistening with jewels, and of the large white house which the Bolsheviks burned.

But all that was a long time ago. And so were the years when she served in a hospital on the eastern front and the months when she marched with the White Army to within sight of the spires of Moscow. So, too, are the years of wandering about Europe, for Maria finally arrived in New York City in 1923 and has considered this her home ever since.

Through American friends she had known in Europe she soon found a position in a large department store. And very fancy work she did there, too, nothing so proletarian as selling or buying or even modeling. It was her task to go to France four times each year, visit her former friends and her former

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Illustrations v
  • Introduction vii
  • Workers on Relief 1
  • II - Joining the Wpa 18
  • III - Changing the Face of A City 69
  • IV - Adventures in Relief 123
  • V - The Evolution of Work Relief 174
  • VI - In Unions There Is Strength 229
  • VII - The Struggle for Individualism 265
  • VIII - Toward Understanding the Wpa 299
  • Index 343
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