The WPA Guide to Minnesota
ebook ∣ The North Star State
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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers' Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country's shared history and culture. The American Guide series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom would later become celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these important books. John Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ralph Ellison are among the more than 6,000 writers, editors, historians, and researchers who documented this celebration of local histories. Photographs, drawings, driving tours, detailed descriptions of towns, and rich cultural details exhibit each state's unique flavor.
The Land of Ten Thousand Lakes is well represented in this WPA Guide to Minnesota. From the Grand Portage State Park to the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, the reader is taken on a journey through this Midwestern state as it was in the early 20th century. In total, it profiles 47 cities and towns but emphasizes outdoor recreation, which is significant in the North Star State.