The WPA Guide to Oregon

The WPA Guide to Oregon

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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. The WPA Guide to Oregon contains some quaint features, including a chapter entitled a€œTall Tales and Legendsa€ and a recipe for huckleberry cakes. The impact of the depression on the people of the Beaver State is discussed, and the beauty of the state is emphasized from the tips of the Cascadian Mountains to the agricultural region of Willamette Valley.Navigation development at Bonneville Dam and the dredging of a ship channel from Vancouver, Washington, to the dam will make marine transportation feasible to this point, 189 miles from the mouth of ... Modern home design tends towardanbsp;...

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


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