The WPA Guide to Arizona

The WPA Guide to Arizona

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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. At the time of the publication of the WPA Guide to Arizona in 1940, the Grand Canyon State was the newest addition to the union. The guide presents a state of contrasts, both geographically and culturally. The photographs show many facets of the statea€”from the mesas and desert lands to the Spanish missions and Native American art.... throughout the southwesta€”roundly cursed yet respecteda€”and here he is usually referred to by his Spanish name, burro. ... little animals useful in exploring the new country; and later both mule and burro were used by Spanish colonial miners to pack ore and ... they challenge the skeptical, and the answer is usually, a€œNo.


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