The WPA Guide to Kansas

The WPA Guide to Kansas

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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. Americaa€™s Heartland is well depicted in this WPA Guide to Kansas, originally published in 1939. Kansas, also nicknamed the a€œSunflower Statea€ because of its rich agricultural roots and the a€œJayhawker Statea€ because of its distinct role in the American Civil War, has a diverse and extensive history.The timbered sections of eastern Kansas abounded with bear and panther, with timber wolf, deer, otter, beaver, and smaller furbearing animals. Farther west, prairie wolves, wild horses and vast herds of buffalo ranged the High Plains.

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


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