Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America
ISBN: 0374298459
EAN13: 9780374298456
Language: English
Publication Date: Jun 15, 2021
Pages: 448
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America

Select Format Format: Hardcover Select Conditions Condition: New

Selected

Format: Hardcover

Condition: New

$30.00
Quantity
13 Available

Select Conditions
  • New $30.00 Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America
Book Overview

An immersive account of the New Deal project that created state-by-state guidebooks to America, in the midst of the Great Depression--and employed some of the biggest names in American letters

The plan was as idealistic as it was audacious--and utterly unprecedented. Take thousands of hard-up writers and put them to work charting a country on the brink of social and economic collapse, with the aim of producing a series of guidebooks to the then forty-eight states--along with hundreds of other publications dedicated to cities, regions, and towns--while also gathering reams of folklore, narratives of formerly enslaved people, and even recipes, all of varying quality, each revealing distinct sensibilities.

All this was the singular purview of the Federal Writers' Project, a division of the Works Progress Administration founded in 1935 to employ jobless writers, from once-bestselling novelists and acclaimed poets to the more dubiously qualified. The FWP took up the lofty goal of rediscovering America in words and soon found itself embroiled in the day's most heated arguments regarding radical politics, racial inclusion, and the purpose of writing--forcing it to reckon with the promises and failures of both the New Deal and the American experiment itself.

Scott Borchert's Republic of Detours tells the story of this raucous and remarkable undertaking Read More chevron_right

Frequently Asked Questions About Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America

Book Reviews (0)

0
  |   0  reviews
Did you read Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America? Please provide your feedback and rating to help other readers.
Write Review
Captcha

No customer reviews for the moment.