The WPA Guide to Ohio

The WPA Guide to Ohio

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writersa€™ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the countrya€™s shared history and culture. The American Guide series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authorsa€”many of whom would later become celebrated literary figuresa€”were commissioned to write these important books. John Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ralph Ellison are among the more than 6, 000 writers, editors, historians, and researchers who documented this celebration of local histories. Photographs, drawings, driving tours, detailed descriptions of towns, and rich cultural details exhibit each statea€™s unique flavor. For a reader interested in small town life in the early 20th century, the WPA Guide to Ohio is an excellent resource. A series of photographs by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration is well complemented with 17 selective essays about the political, industrial, and cultural life in the Buckeye State. The essay on the economy provides interesting information on the labor movement in Ohio.The annual attendance, averaging 400, 000, includes 70, 000 school children who receive instruction in art. ... with an enrollment of 1, 050, offers courses in sculpture, advertising art, teacher training, interior decorating, all forms of graphic art, anbsp;...

Title:The WPA Guide to Ohio
Author:Federal Writers' Project
Publisher:Trinity University Press - 2013-10-31


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