The WPA Guide to Alaska

The WPA Guide to Alaska

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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. The WPA Guide the Alaskan Territory takes the reader on a journey across the Land of the Midnight Sun, from the North Slope to the Aleutian Islands. First published in 1939, the guide reports on all the things that make this soon-to-be state unique: the influence of Alaskaa€™s indigenous peoples, the thriving fishing industry, and the distinctive flora and fauna.A fortified trading post called Redoubt St. Michael after Captain Michael Tebenkof , later governor of the Russian America ... mission church, a government nurse, a store, a roadhouse, reindeer corrals, commercial truck gardens, and an airport.

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

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