The WPA Guide to Nevada

The WPA Guide to Nevada

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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 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 statea€™s several ghost towns, and an engaging essay of one of Nevadaa€™s more important industriesa€”a€œMining and Mining Jargon.a€Wages 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


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