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Looking at History a New Way

Looking at History a New Way

Sep 30 2009

On the National Mall last weekend, the National Book Festival brought out more than 100,000 readers and book lovers, an encouraging sight.…

1930s culture coming to a screen near you…

1930s culture coming to a screen near you…

Sep 22 2009

This Saturday the 26th I’ll be at the National Book Festival talking with historian Douglas Brinkley about the WPA writers and what…

Illinois Guide Anniversary and a Voice Against Intolerance

Illinois Guide Anniversary and a Voice Against Intolerance

Sep 16 2009

Seventy years ago today, the WPA guide to Illinois came out as controversy swirled around the Federal Writers’ Project. Texas congressman Martin…

Hearing a Culture Change in Florida

Hearing a Culture Change in Florida

Aug 18 2009

Seventy years ago this month, Zora Neale Hurston began a landmark field recording tour, traveling down through Florida’s hot coastal towns and…

Iconoclast Rode the Rails for the WPA Guides

Iconoclast Rode the Rails for the WPA Guides

Aug 07 2009

A number of hoboes made their way from freight cars to the federal payroll of the WPA Writers’ Project. The Soul of…

Smithsonian Channel Gears Up for the 1930s

Smithsonian Channel Gears Up for the 1930s

Jul 24 2009

With the Soul of a People film screened in Chicago last week and slated for national broadcast on September 6th, the Smithsonian…

An Almanac entry for Magicians Day

An Almanac entry for Magicians Day

Jul 16 2009

This summer marks the 70th anniversary of the California WPA guide, the only Book-of-the-Month selection among the guidebooks. We also pause to…

Jul 10 2009

You can now see the Soul of a People talk filmed for CSPAN’s BookTV online. Good questions! Good discussion! Check it out.…

Public Enemies and the WPA Writers

Public Enemies and the WPA Writers

Jul 01 2009

Today the film Public Enemies hits screens across the country, with Johnny Depp playing John Dillinger. Reviewers note how Dillinger and other…

More Soul of a People events this summer

More Soul of a People events this summer

Jun 24 2009

Fun events exploring the Writers’ Project and its discoveries of American life continue at libraries across the country this summer and into…