devoted to the highly controversial and divisive
Sacco and Vanzetti case ( 31) compared with the
Boston Tea Party ( 14) and the Boston Massacre
( 5) and declared it the work of radicals, which
led others to demand the books be seized and
burned. Proving that no press is bad press, it
ended up selling out three editions.
At the depth of the Great Depression, with
construction ground to a halt and an estimated
9 out of 10 architects out of work, the WPA put
the building trades back to work. Naysayers
criticized it as a form of central planning, but
director Harry Hopkins defended the projects.
“We didn’t go into a bureaucratic huddle in
Washington and just imagine them,” he said.
“They were originated and asked for by local
The city of Haverhill, Massachusetts, asked
for a new stadium. The WPA rebuilt its old one
in the Art Moderne style, with arches under the
grandstand and an auspicious event in its future:
the New England Patriots (then the Boston Patriots) would play their first intra-squad scrimmage
there on July 26, 1960.
Boston officials knew that when the De-
GREGOR Y REC/GLOBE
pression ended, people would have leisure —
rather than idle — time, so they asked for a golf
course. The WPA responded with a plan by the
designer Donald Ross, and the course was built
bascom lodge at the
summit of Mount Greylock
was built by the CCC.
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