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 countryas shared history and culture. The American Guide series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authorsamany of whom would later become celebrated literary figuresawere 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 stateas unique flavor. WPA Guide to Maine focuses in on the very tip of the Northeastern United States, also known as the Pine Tree State. With a short but comprehensive description of Maineas history, two of the most enthralling sections of the guide include essays on Maineas folklore and maritime heritage.SANFORD (alt. 310, Sanford Town, pop. 13, 392), 17.2 m., an industrial center, lies in the Mousam River Valley near the foothills of the White ... The Goodall Worsted Company Factory (open), High St., manufactures Palm Beach cloth.
|Title||:||The WPA Guide to Maine|
|Author||:||Federal Writers' Project|
|Publisher||:||Trinity University Press - 2013-10-31|