Trinity University Press

WPA Guide to Missouri

The Show-Me 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 Missouri includes historical essays about the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers’ influence on the state and the state’s role in the American Civil War, as well as photographs of farm scenes, the Ozarks, and Art Deco skyscrapers in downtown Kansas City. 

WPA Guide to Missouri cover
  • Price: $7.99
  • Pages: 652
  • Published: Oct 2013
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595342232


History, Regional, U.S. Midwest