The WPA Guide to Colorado

The WPA Guide to Colorado

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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 Colorado, not surprisingly, emphasizes the natural beauty of the Highest State. With a landscape ranging from alpine mountains with lush forests to arid deserts with massive sand dunes and a history that includes a rich Native American presence as well as booming mining and agriculture industries, the WPA guide shows how Colorado has earned the moniker a€œthe Colorful State.a€Kit Carson, trapper, scout, and Indian agent, was a hunter at the post from 1831 to 1842, living much of his life in the vicinity, dying ... Later, when the Republic of Texas won its freedom from Mexico in 1836, the former laid claim to a strip of land anbsp;...

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


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