Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America

403808_cover.inddNamed an Amazon Best of the Month pick and one of the Best Books of 2009, Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America tells about a handful of people in the 1930s, a glimpse of America at a turning point. They were caught up in an effort to describe America in a series of travel guides. Through striking images and firsthand accounts, Soul of a People reveals their experiences, along with the most vivid excerpts from selected guides and interviews: Harlem schoolchildren, truckers, Chicago fishmongers, Cuban cigar makers, a Florida midwife, and Nebraskan meatpackers.

This book and the documentary film illuminate what it felt like to live that experience, and how it affected their lives and work afterward. Check out the book’s page on Turner Publishing’s website and learn more at the Smithsonian Channel’s site.




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Praise for ‘Soul of a People’

“A wonderful and engaging book.”
— Robert Whitaker, author of On the Laps of Gods: The Red Summer of 1919 and the Struggle for Justice That Remade a Nation

“David Taylor goes inside the project to give us intimate snapshots of the writers and what they saw and felt during that hard time. Soul of a People is a revealing and a valuable resource.”
— Nick Taylor, author of American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA

“An excellent history…”
Washington City Paper


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