The WPA Guide to Texas

The WPA Guide to Texas

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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. Equaling the massive size of the state, the WPA Guide to Texas is just as expansive at 716 pages. From the Panhandle to the Rio Grande Valley, The Lone Star Statea€™s landscape is as varied as its political and cultural past. Having been under the control of six different nationsa€™ flags, the history section is particularly rich. The guide also includes a helpful list of books about the state.... and other agricultural operations in this district, and huge pumping plants draw water from the Rio Grande for use in orchards and fields. ... Predatory animals, from leopard cats to Mexican lions, are in the adjacent brush country, and the highly perilous sport of roping Mexican ... adapted to local influences of climate and materials; most of the buildings are painted white, and are dazzling in the sunlight.


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