Trinity University Press

WPA Guide to West Virginia

The Mountain 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 West Virginia describes the state’s coal mining industry and early twentieth-century rural life. Descriptions of Charleston, Clarksburg, and other cities feature photographs of classic southern architecture. 

WPA Guide to West Virginia cover
  • Price: $7.99
  • Pages: 559
  • Published: Oct 2013
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595342461

Subjects

History, Regional, U.S. South