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New Deal Arts After the Election

New Deal Arts After the Election

Dec 21 2010

Last month I joined a group at the FDR Memorial Library in Hyde Park, NY, which hosted a discussion of the New…

Powerful Woman from East Side: Anzia Yezierska

Powerful Woman from East Side: Anzia Yezierska

Dec 07 2010

Anzia Yezierska paved the way for great storytellers like Grace Paley, who read Yezierska’s stories and novels of Jewish immigrant life as…

Richard Wright, 50 Years On

Richard Wright, 50 Years On

Nov 28 2010

Fifty years ago today, Richard Wright died in Paris, just over 50 years old. From a poor sharecropping family in Mississippi, he…

Big Night for Soul of a People

Big Night for Soul of a People

Nov 24 2010

Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story took home multiple awards from the Peer Awards ceremony recently. The awards, given by the…

Un-American, the Label

Un-American, the Label

Oct 22 2010

Here we mark the release of a new DVD box set of Humphrey Bogart films, including his memorable angry man in Black…

Documenting Kansas, a Work in Progress

Documenting Kansas, a Work in Progress

Oct 14 2010

This online exhibit by Dr. Lorraine Madway at Wichita State University shows Kansas during the Depression, the only decade in Kansas history…

A Man Named L’Amour

A Man Named L’Amour

Sep 29 2010

Louis L’Amour, one of the bestselling writers of Westerns in history, started out writing for the WPA guide to Oklahoma under the…

Confucius Visits D.C. for his Birthday

Confucius Visits D.C. for his Birthday

Sep 23 2010

Maybe you don’t expect to see Confucius commemorated on his birthday in a U.S. public library, but on September 25 that’s what…

Jobs Stimulus Stutters and Echoes

Jobs Stimulus Stutters and Echoes

Sep 16 2010

The Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial is one of many voices saying that President Obama’s stimulus has been less than stimulating for new…

Documenting the Lone Star State

Documenting the Lone Star State

Sep 08 2010

The Texas WPA writers came up against some of the most virulent anti-WPA sentiment anywhere, and it was stoked by a Texas…