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The Federal Writers Project

Thursday, January 19, 2023 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Jim Craft, B.A., M.A., Historian

Jim will return to Next to share a useful perspective on the political and social climate of America in the 1930s. In the midst of the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the New Deal that included The Federal Writers Project providing employment to needy writers. A central part of the Project was the American Guide Series, a set of detailed travel guides for every state. John Steinbeck said the Guides “comprise the most comprehensive accounts of the United States ever got together and nothing has approached it since.” The books provide the best glimpse of life in America ever produced.

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