[Ebook] ➩ Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America Author David A. Taylor – Ivogue.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America

  1. says:

    Soul of a People gives a great, general overview of the WPA State Guide Writers project, illustrated with local stories of the writers from several states I found it engaging and well put together.


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  3. says:

    I have really been delving into the WPA Writers Project and this book tells the story of the writers of the Project Just started itSo far, really good


  4. says:

    fascinating i m very interested in the WPA Projects.


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    3.5 stars


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    Odd sort of the companion to a documentary, it tells the stories behind the stories of some of the WPA state guides Sort of Sometimes it just kind of retails some anecdotes and stops, as in California Sometimes it s thematic Sometimes not Sometimes, as in Louisiana, where it details a pattern of censorship and surveillance, or Florida, where it discusses workers kept on plantations in near medieval slavery, it s powerful and distressing He finds an early Jim Thompson piece about the death of a hobo and makes a good case for its influence on Thompson s later work Maybe the most interesting part are the glimpses of plains state literary culture Being a writer with ambitions in Omaha in 1935 cannot have been fun But it s not really a cohesive guide to the project, to the ways it was produced there are occasional quasi populist references to how Washington interfered that don t add up to much , or to how i...


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    In the 1930s, the WPA employed over 6k writers to document life stories and develop State Guides for every state Thousands of these stories and many state guides are available online Fascinating stuff This book provides...


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    The subject matter the Federal Writers Project, a key part of the most ambitious and audacious social history and arts project ever undertaken really carries this book, but is undermined by the ordinary prose and questionable structure Particularly disappointi...


  9. says:

    Interesting book During the Great Depression, the govt set up the WPA Writer s Project to create jobs and create guidebooks This book discusses the writers who took on these job This book is useful for offering suggestions on what to...


  10. says:

    History of Federal Writer s Project, and overview of the new deal era work relief project and detailed discussion of several representative state projects To accompany the documentary by the same name, to be shown on the Smithsonian Channel this September.


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Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America Soul Of A People Is About A Handful Of People Who Were On The Federal Writer S Project In The 1930s And A Glimpse Of America At A Turning Point This Particular Handful Of Characters Went From Poverty To Great Things Later, And Included John Cheever, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, And Studs Terkel In The 1930s They Were All Caught Up In An Effort To Describe America In A Series Of WPA Guides Through Striking Images And Firsthand Accounts, The Book Reveals Their Experiences And The Most Vivid Excerpts From Selected Guides And Interviews Harlem Schoolchildren, Truckers, Chicago Fishmongers, Cuban Cigar Makers, A Florida Midwife, Nebraskan Meatpackers, And Blind Musicians.Drawing On New Discoveries From Personal Collections, Archives, And Recent Biographies, A New Picture Has Emerged In The Last Decade Of How The Participants Individual Dramas Intersected With The Larger Picture Of Their Subjects This Book Illuminates What It Felt Like To Live That Experience, How Going From Joblessness To Reporting On Their Own Communities Affected Artists With Varied Visions, As Well As What Feelings Such A Passage Involved Shame Humiliation, Anger, Excitement, Nostalgia, And Adventure Also Revealed Is How The WPA Writers Anticipated, And Perhaps Paved The Way For, The Political Movements Of The Following Decades, Including The Civil Rights Movement, The Women S Right Movement, And The Native American Rights Movement.