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. Americaas Silver State takes the gold in the WPA Guide to Nevada. Originally published in 1940, the guide features the newly built Hoover Dam (then called the Boulder Dam), the Great Basin, the many caves in the eastern part of the state, the stateas several ghost towns, and an engaging essay of one of Nevadaas more important industriesaaMining and Mining Jargon.aWages ran from four dollars to five and a half. The Tonopah agreement did not cover Goldfield, where in 1907 a serious labor clash took place; before it was settled the Governor of Nevada asked, and received, aid from Federal troops toanbsp;...
|Title||:||The WPA Guide to Nevada|
|Author||:||Federal Writers' Project|
|Publisher||:||Trinity University Press - 2013-10-31|