The WPA Guide to Wisconsin

The WPA Guide to Wisconsin

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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. Americaa€™s Dairyland is well represented in the WPA Guide to Wisconsin. Essays on the Badger Statea€™s vital industriesa€”including agriculture, lumber, and dairya€”are included as well as an important look at the labor movement of the 1930s. From the Northern Highland and Lake Superior to the Driftless Area and the Eastern Ridges and Lowlands, the states unique geography is also photographically documented.Main Street town of shops, warehouses, and frame houses; the North Side preserves remnants of older and more elegant ... In the residential district, along Algoma Boulevard, which parallels the Fox River, are the austere wooden mansions built in the ... With glassenclosed towers, large plate glass windows, and bracketed eaves, these houses stand empty and a€œfor sale, a€ their owners, many of them madeanbsp;...

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


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