See America: WPA Posters and the Mapping of a New Deal Democracy

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Description: It explained that federally subsidized highway and road construction, combined with "improved motoring services" and the low cost of vacationing in the national parks, encouraged motor travel.2 This tide of tourism, as the notice described it, continued under the Roosevelt administration, which sponsored a variety of roadbuilding programs and highway improvements in an attempt to spark the depression era economy. By downplaying the reality of Native and African Americans in national life, the "see America" series perpetuated prejudices that were deeply embedded in American culture and maintained by the Roosevelt administration.9 Although the administration has been credited with making considerable strides in advancing the social and economic position of certain minority groups, its legislative record was consistently racialized and discriminatory, perpetuating much of the racial stratification that was already in existence in America (Brueggemann 140, 144, 147).
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