Trinity University Press

WPA Guide to Illinois

The Prairie State

Federal Writers' Project (contributor)

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—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 state’s unique flavor.

The WPA Guide to Illinois includes a lengthy section on Chicago featuring the city’s history and tourist attractions. An essay about Abraham Lincoln by then-Gov. Henry Horner, twenty-six tours of the state, and a list of books about the Prairie State are also included. 

WPA Guide to Illinois cover
  • Price: $7.99
  • Pages: 300
  • Published: Oct 2013
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595342119


History, Regional, U.S. Midwest