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Missouri: The WPA Guide to the "Show Me" State (American Guide Series)

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Once considered a "foolish boondoggle" of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration, the Federal Writers' Project was initiated to allow employment opportunity to those associated with the arts during the Great Depression. The American Guide Series became the most successful venture, offering jobs to writers nationwide as each state endeavored to produce a ...more
Paperback, 796 pages
Published June 15th 1998 by Missouri History Museum Press (first published 1941)
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Jason
I can't claim to have read every page of this book, but that doesn't mean it isn't a real gem. I'm so glad that the Missouri Historical Society decided to bring this 1941 WPA work back into print. Originally meant as a travel and cultural guide to the state, it now reads like a magical book about a time when my fair city (St. Louis) was still the 8th largest in the US and bus fare in Kansas City was only 10 cents. Great chapters on the arts, folklore, industry, and labor.
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