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An edition of Minnesota (1938)

Minnesota

a state guide

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This edition was published in by Viking Press in New York.

This book is one volume from the American Guide Series of books produced by the Federal Writers Project between 1935 and 1943. The Federal Writers Project was one of the many programs under the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a Depression-era government program that assisted millions of the unemployed. The series employed over 6,000 writers and researchers.

Despite its age, it is considered a major source of information on the state. From the perspective of 1938, it details Wisconsin’s history, geography and culture. The first third of the book has thoughtful chapters on Illinois history (including labor history), natural history, geology, industry, agriculture, government, literature and the arts.

The heart of the book for most people is the remaining two-thirds, with detailed profiles of Minneapolis-St. Paul and four other cities around the state, and 20 tours through the state. The tours are organized following major U.S. and state highways, with each town of any size or interest getting from a paragraph to a page or two describing its history, industry and geography. Finally, there is a section possibly unique to the American Guide Series, a description of 15 canoe trips in the northeast part of the state.

The many vignettes on interesting episodes in local history and on local points of interest are still useful. Descriptions of locations around the state are also a priceless time capsule for the late 1930’s for those interested in seeing what has remained the same and what has changed in the intervening years.

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1938, Viking Press
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1938, Viking Press
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This book is one volume from the American Guide Series of books produced by the Federal Writers Project between 1935 and 1943. The Federal Writers Project was one of the many programs under the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a Depression-era government program that assisted millions of the unemployed. The series employed over 6,000 writers and researchers.

Despite its age, it is considered a major source of information on the state. From the perspective of 1938, it details Wisconsin’s history, geography and culture. The first third of the book has thoughtful chapters on Illinois history (including labor history), natural history, geology, industry, agriculture, government, literature and the arts.

The heart of the book for most people is the remaining two-thirds, with detailed profiles of Minneapolis-St. Paul and four other cities around the state, and 20 tours through the state. The tours are organized following major U.S. and state highways, with each town of any size or interest getting from a paragraph to a page or two describing its history, industry and geography. Finally, there is a section possibly unique to the American Guide Series, a description of 15 canoe trips in the northeast part of the state.

The many vignettes on interesting episodes in local history and on local points of interest are still useful. Descriptions of locations around the state are also a priceless time capsule for the late 1930’s for those interested in seeing what has remained the same and what has changed in the intervening years.

Minnesota

a state guide

This edition was published in by Viking Press in New York.


Edition Notes

Series
American guide series
Genre
Guidebooks.

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Library of Congress
F606 .F44

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OL7228313M
Internet Archive
minnesotastategu00writrich
LC Control Number
38028934
OCLC/WorldCat
20281542
Library Thing
4705343

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