Soul of a people [electronic resource] : the WPA Writer's Project uncovers Depression America / David A. Taylor.

by Taylor, David A., 1961-Looking glass; Browns Books for Students [supplier.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2009.Description: xi, 260 pages : illustrations, portraits.ISBN: 9780470885895.Subject(s): Federal Writers' Project -- History | Federal Writers' Project -- Influence | Authors, American -- 20th century | United States -- Civilization -- 1918-1945Looking glass | United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th centuryLooking glass | United States -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945Looking glass | United States -- Guidebooks -- History -- 20th century | Electronic booksLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-250) and index. Access restrictions: University of the Arts London identification or other form of authentication may be required.Alternative form: Print version: Soul of a peopleOnline access: Read this e-book from VLeBooks
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Soul of a People is about a handful of people who were on the Federal Writer's Project in the 1930s and a glimpse of America at a turning point.  This particular handful of characters went from poverty to great things later, and included John Cheever, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Studs Terkel.  In the 1930s they were all caught up in an effort to describe America in a series of WPA guides. Through striking images and firsthand accounts, the book reveals their experiences and the most vivid excerpts from selected guides and interviews: Harlem schoolchildren, truckers, Chicago fishmongers, Cuban cigar makers, a Florida midwife, Nebraskan meatpackers, and blind musicians. Drawing on new discoveries from personal collections, archives, and recent biographies, a new picture has emerged in the last decade of how the participants' individual dramas intersected with the larger picture of their subjects.  This book illuminates what it felt like to live that experience, how going from joblessness to reporting on their own communities affected artists with varied visions, as well as what feelings such a passage involved: shame humiliation, anger, excitement, nostalgia, and adventure.  Also revealed is how the WPA writers anticipated, and perhaps paved the way for, the political movements of the following decades, including the Civil Rights movement, the Women's Right movement, and the Native American rights movement.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-250) and index.

University of the Arts London identification or other form of authentication may be required.

Electronic reproduction. Browns Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Prologue
  • Introduction: At a Crossroads
  • 1 The Writers' Project
  • 2 Point of Departure: New York
  • 3 Chicago and the Midwest
  • 4 Gathering Folklore, from Oklahoma to Harlem
  • 5 Rising Up in the West: Idaho
  • 6 Nailing a Freight on the Fly: Nebraska
  • 7 Poetic Land, Pugnacious People: California
  • 8 Raising the Dead in New Orleans
  • 9 Cigars and Turpentine in Florida
  • 10 American and Un-American: Back Around the Boroughs
  • 11 Converging on Washington
  • 12 Traveling Beyond
  • Appendix: Resources for Readers and Travelers
  • Sources
  • Credits
  • Index

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