The WPA Guide to Utah

The WPA Guide to Utah

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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. Utah, a state which is well known for its distinct religious history, is thoroughly examined in this WPA Guide, with an entire chapter on the relationship between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the state of Utah. The Beehive State, also known for its natural beauty and plentiful resources, also contains several pictures of the Great Salt Lake and mountainous desert landscape as well as an interesting essay on mining.Almost all Utah towns of the 1870a#39;s and 1880a#39;s had more newspapers than they could support, and their journalistic history ... All eight stations are well patronized a€”the Radio Guide for 1940 lists Utah as having 90 radios for every 100 families.

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


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