The WPA Guide to Connecticut

The WPA Guide to Connecticut

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writersa€™ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the countrya€™s shared history and culture. The American Guide series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authorsa€”many of whom would later become celebrated literary figuresa€”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 statea€™s unique flavor. It isna€™t surprising that a locale nicknamed the Constitution State has an impressive historya€”all of which is documented in the WPA Guide to Connecticut. The guide provides a comprehensive index of old and historic houses as well as an interesting timeline called a€œConnecticut Firstsa€ which lists historic happenings in the state from 1636 to 1936. The guide to the Nutmeg State also presents a number of tours through notable cities and towns, including New Haven and Yale University.Bridgeport Brass Company produced the first copper wire strung between New York and Boston, made many telephonic improvements, features a a#39;harddrawn wire, a#39; various alloys of high tensile strength, and was a pioneer in the adaptation of the electric furnace to the brass industry. ... 10 of the international concern of that name, which produces sewing machines for factory use, was originally theanbsp;...

Title:The WPA Guide to Connecticut
Author: Federal Writers' Project
Publisher:Trinity University Press - 2013-10-31

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