The WPA Guide to Idaho

The WPA Guide to Idaho

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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. While Idaho is well known for its potatoes, this WPA Guide introduces readers to many other facets of life in this Pacific Northwestern state. The first installment of the American Guide Series to be published, the guide documents the young statea€™s response to the Great Depression by reinvigorating its science, technology, and agriculture industries. Natural elements of the Gem State are recognized, as well as the rich history of the American Indians in the area. Great photography and detailed histories enhance this historically significant guide.The smallest of falcons, the sparrow hawk, never eats anything bigger than a grasshopper and is a most valuable bird. The marsh or mouse hawk is less spirited in flight than some of his kind and is content to skim the earth for small mammals and frogs. But in mating ... Dropping like a plummet, this hawk strikes the water and disappears, and the sound of its vanishing can be heard for half a mile. In sharp contrast with this scoundrel is a hawk that many Idahoans unwisely kill. This, theanbsp;...

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


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