Trinity University Press

WPA Guide to Indiana

The Hoosier 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 Indiana documents a region with diverse peoples and a wealth of natural resources, appropriately termed the Crossroads of America. In addition to early twentieth-century history, the guide has one of the most richly documented Native American histories in the series. 

WPA Guide to Indiana cover
  • Price: $7.99
  • Pages: 548
  • Published: Oct 2013
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595342126