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Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Catherine A. Stewart

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

From 1936 to 1939, the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration collected life stories from more than 2,300 former slaves. These narratives are now widely used as a source to ... More


A TIME TO BE WARY

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

in Mencken: The American Iconoclast

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195072389
eISBN:
9780199787982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0040
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Freed from the responsibility of editing The American Mercury, Mencken turned to his political column. He was a supporter of a balanced budget, fiscal responsibility, and a federal government with ... More


Neither Nurses nor Maids

Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein

in Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195329117
eISBN:
9780199949496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329117.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter locates the origins of home care as a distinct occupation in the visiting housekeeper programs of the New Deal. With private social welfare agencies and public hospitals reeling from the ... More


Old Slaves, New Deal: Communists and the WPA

Robin D. G. Kelley

in Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625485
eISBN:
9781469625508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625485.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter focuses on the federal government's relief agency, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Alabama. Launched in 1935 to provide emergency work relief through public works, the WPA in ... More


Conclusion: A Revisitation of Spirits

Tiya Miles

in Tales From the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469626338
eISBN:
9781469626352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626338.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter summarizes and critiques the phenomena of global dark tourism and southern ghost tourism. It then poses other possibilities for conceptualizing notions of southern hauntings, namely ... More


The Recognition of Women in Oklahoma History

Linda Williams Reese

in Reshaping Women's History: Voices of Nontraditional Women Historians

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042003
eISBN:
9780252050749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042003.003.0006
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter recounts a journey in academic scholarship and the significance of the Prelinger Award in providing time and resources to research, travel to archives, and to write multicultural women’s ... More


Introduction: Art as a Function of Government

Sharon Ann Musher

in Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226247182
eISBN:
9780226247212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226247212.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This introduction argues that the New Deal’s art projects played a critical role in supporting artists and intellectuals and expanding creative opportunities. At their height, the WPA’s art projects ... More


Finding Lost Stories of Love: Remembering Love and Legacy amid Loss

SuEllen Hamkins

in The Art of Narrative Psychiatry: Stories of Strength and Meaning

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199982042
eISBN:
9780197563366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199982042.003.0013
Subject:
Clinical Medicine and Allied Health, Psychiatry

“‘I have no son Danny,’” Daniel said, with bitterness. “That’s what my father said to me when he was near death. Thirteen years ago, I go to see him in the ... More


Calling the Tune: The Los Angeles Federal Music Project

Catherine Parsons Smith

in Making Music in Los Angeles: Transforming the Popular

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520251397
eISBN:
9780520933835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251397.003.0015
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter introduces the Los Angeles Federal Music Project (FMP), which partially solved the unemployment problem of musicians in Los Angeles during the Great Depression, first describing the ... More


King of Parilia, 1935–1941

Robert W. Cherny

in Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040788
eISBN:
9780252099243
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040788.003.0007
Subject:
Art, Art History

Between 1935 and 1941, Arnautoff reached the high point of his artistic career, receiving a large WPA-funded commission at George Washington High School, a smaller commission at the California School ... More


Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture

Sharon Ann Musher

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226247182
eISBN:
9780226247212
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226247212.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This work seeks to understand why the temporary flowering of government funding of the arts for needy artists and intellectuals during the Great Depression was both so robust and so fleeting. It ... More


Introduction

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

This introductory chapter outlines the goals and challenges of the Federal Writers’ Project’s endeavor during the 1930s to collect the ex-slave narratives, and examines a ghost story one ex-slave ... More


Out of the Mouths of Slaves: The Ex-Slave Project and the “Negro Question”

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter relates how the Federal Writers’ Project decided to conduct and collect interviews with ex-slaves. It closely examines federal and state directors’ administrative correspondence ... More


The Everybody Who’s Nobody: Black Employees in the Federal Writers’ Project

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines African Americans’ employment within the FWP and the WPA’s Federal Arts Projects by looking at critiques in the Negro Press Digest, a weekly compilation of articles in the black ... More


Epilogue: Freedom Dreams: The Last Generation

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0010
Subject:
History, African-American History

The concluding chapter offers a powerful summary of the ex-slaves’ relationship to history and also looks at what happened to the central figures involved with the Federal Writers’ Project, including ... More


Art as Subversion

Sharon Ann Musher

in Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226247182
eISBN:
9780226247212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226247212.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter argues that political realignments (1937-8), a rise in anti-Communist activity (Martin Dies’s Committee Hearings (1938)), and in 1939 the formation of Clifton Woodrum’s congressional ... More


Hard Times: The Great Depression and the New Deal

John van Willigen

in Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780813146898
eISBN:
9780813151458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813146898.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

There may have been a decrease in the number of cookbooks published during the Depression, but several interesting food-related projects were funded by the New Deal programs of the federal ... More


Militancy and Fear: May 1934–June 1940

Donna T. Haverty-Stacke

in Trotskyists on Trial: Free Speech and Political Persecution Since the Age of FDR

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781479851942
eISBN:
9781479891627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479851942.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Legal History

The first Smith Act trial originated, in part, in the personal histories of the defendants. The ties between certain members of Teamsters Local 544-AFL and the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) shaped ... More


An Organic Activist: Eusi Kwayana, Guyana, and Global Pan-Africanism

Nigel Westmaas

in Black Power in the Caribbean

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813049090
eISBN:
9780813046693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049090.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter assesses the contributions of Guyanese Pan-Africanist activist and intellectual Eusi Kwayana, asking why he has not received the recognition he richly deserves. It traces the emergence ... More


Government Worker: 1937–1946

Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom

in Eubie Blake: Rags, Rhythm, and Race

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780190635930
eISBN:
9780190635961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190635930.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter discusses Eubie’s employment by the WPA as a composer for the Federal Theatre Project’s variety shows. The chapter also explores Eubie’s partnership with new lyricist, Milton Reddie; ... More


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