The WPA Guide to Wyoming

The WPA Guide to Wyoming

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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. Published in 1941, on the fiftieth anniversary of the state, the WPA Guide to Wyoming is a thorough reflection of both the history of the statea€™s pioneer routes as well an attempt to capture the beauty of the surrounding area in photographs. Descriptions of the Equality Statea€™s livestock and oil industries are included as well as pictorial documentation of the areaa€™s vast expanses of open a quack doctor and a horse thief. ... Secondary or high school education in the districts was left to the county superintendents, acting in conjunction with the district boards. Cheyenne had the first high school in 1875, and Buffalo the second in 1881. ... The foundation of the present system of education in the State really dates from 1873, when the legislature reviewed the whole system as provided byanbsp;...

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


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