The WPA Guide to Ohio

The WPA Guide to Ohio

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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. For a reader interested in small town life in the early 20th century, the WPA Guide to Ohio is an excellent resource. A series of photographs by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration is well complemented with 17 selective essays about the political, industrial, and cultural life in the Buckeye State. The essay on the economy provides interesting information on the labor movement in Ohio.Congress passed the Minimum Wage Bill and the Child Labor Act in 1933, and the Ohio legislature adopted ... Act passed by Congress in 1935, which provided enabling legislation for unemployment compensation and oldage pensions.

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


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