American guides : the Federal Writers' Project and the casting of American culture (Book, 2016) [WorldCat.org]
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American guides : the Federal Writers' Project and the casting of American culture

Author: Wendy Griswold
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the midst of the Great Depression, Americans were nearly universally literate--and they were hungry for the written word. With an eye to this market and as a response to unemployment, Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration created the Federal Writers' Project. They produced the Project's American Guides, an impressively produced series that set out not only to direct travelers on which routes to take and what  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Griswold
ISBN: 9780226357669 022635766X 9780226357836 022635783X
OCLC Number: 920017573
Description: xiv, 361 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: casting culture --
Jobs for writers Putting people to work --
Keeping writers out of trouble --
Guides for travelers Guiding travelers --
Seeing America --
Cultural federalism Negotiating federalism --
Describing America --
Readers and authors Guiding readers --
Choosing authors --
Casting culture Defining literature --
Using books --
Conclusion: casting American culture.
Responsibility: Wendy Griswold.

Abstract:

In the midst of the Great Depression, Americans were nearly universally literate--and they were hungry for the written word. With an eye to this market and as a response to unemployment, Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration created the Federal Writers' Project. They produced the Project's American Guides, an impressively produced series that set out not only to direct travelers on which routes to take and what to see throughout the country, but also to celebrate the distinctive characteristics of each individual state. The series unintentionally diversified American literary culture's cast of characters--promoting women, minority, and rural writers--while it also institutionalized the innovative idea that American culture comes in state-shaped boxes.

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