Trinity University Press

WPA Guide to Louisiana

The Pelican 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 Louisiana features a state influenced by both Cajun and southern cultures, as seen in the photography and the chapter on traditional Louisiana cuisine. From Acadiana to the northern Sportsmans’ Paradise, the guide takes readers across the Pelican State’s swamplands, with driving tours and essays on the rich histories of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. 

WPA Guide to Louisiana cover
  • Price: $7.99
  • Pages: 746
  • Published: Oct 2013
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595342164


History, Regional, U.S. South