As president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt enlisted the United States in a massive course of self-betterment. Among the most obvious components of this effort were the infrastructure projects of the Works Progress Administration. But self-improvement didn't stop with bridges and roads: The WPA encouraged Americans to get better. To get hired, eat more vegetables, brush their teeth, go to plays and the zoo, visit national parks, even to seek treatment for syphilis. How did the WPA do this, exactly? With posters, hundreds of which have now been reprinted, in full color, in "Posters for the People: Art of the WPA" by Ennis Carter (Quirk Books: 216 pp., $50). --Carolyn Kellogg "Let Them Grow" by Stanley Thomas Clough, Cleveland, Ohio, 1938. Silkscreen on board.
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