The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas

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The WPA Guide, the first and only guidebook ever devoted to Kansas, was published in 1939. After six decades and more, its pages still provide a wealth of reliable historic, geographic, and cultural information on Kansas, as well as some intriguing lore that many modern-day readers will find new. Not the least of its contributions is the accurate picture it gives of Kansas between the Great Depression and World War II—of its industrial, agricultural, and natural resources.

The book is divided into three sections: seventeen topical essays covering subjects such as Indians, folklore, religion, and architecture; touring information of the eighteen largest Kansas cities and towns; and twelve automobile tours spanning Kansas and border states. Included are eighty photographs, four maps, and an essay on the "contemporary scene" by William Allen White.

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"Written in grim times, and years in the making, [the WPA guides] were nonetheless infused with quiet pride and some sense of the astonishing richness and variety in this nation, and some sense of what it could be. Twentieth-century America is a good deal more comprehensible because of them."--Edwin Newman, former NBC News correspondent and author of Strictly Speaking

"Don't travel the blue highways of Kansas with out it."--William Least Heat-Moon, author of Blue Highways

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James R. Shortridge (author of the new introduction) is a professor of geography at the University of Kansas. Among his other books are Our Town on the Plains: J. J. Pennell's Photographs of Junction City, Kansas, 1893-1922, Peopling the Plains: Who Settled Where in Frontier Kansas, Kaw Valley Landscapes: A Traveler's Guide to Northeastern Kansas, and The Middle West: Its Meaning in American Culture, winner of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize.

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