Literature, Culture and Society in Depression Era America: Archives of the Federal Writers’ Project

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This collection presents the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) publications of all 47 states involved in the project, which ran from 1933 to 1943. This archive contains more than 450 individual items, many of which are typed or mimeographed and received only limited circulation. The FWP was a part of “Federal One,” the arts project established by the WPA to cover music, theater, art and writers. The WPA recognized that steelworkers, bricklayers, share-croppers, and factory workers were not the only section of the economy hit by the Depression. Academics, post-graduate students, journalists, playwrights and novelists were also unemployed. In five years the WPA spent millions, provided literary training and, more significantly, the opportunity for participants to observe, eat and write.

Coverage: 1933-1943

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