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Diabla a Pie: Women's Tales from the New Mexico WPA
     

Diabla a Pie: Women's Tales from the New Mexico WPA

by Tey Diana Rebolledo, Maria T. Marquez
 

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Cultural Writing. At the height of the 1930's Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted a Federal Writers Project as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of many government programs aimed at getting the populace back to work. Many writers participated through activities such as compiling a series of state guides, gathering folksongs,

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Cultural Writing. At the height of the 1930's Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted a Federal Writers Project as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of many government programs aimed at getting the populace back to work. Many writers participated through activities such as compiling a series of state guides, gathering folksongs, and recording the oral narratives of still-living ex-slaves. New Mexico was among the states participating in this effort, and the project workers there included two women interviewers, Lou Sage Batchen and Annette Hesch Thorp. Their work placed particular emphasis upon gathering Hispanic women's tales, or cuentos. The two interviewed many native old-timers, gathering folktales as well as gleaning vivid details of a way of life now gone.

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A compendium of Hispanic women's tales, or , gathered during the Great Depression as part of the Works Progress Administration. Rebolledo (Spanish, U. of New Mexico) and M<'a>rquez (U. of New Mexico, Center for Southwest Research) gathered the records of two female WPA interviewers and reproduce many of the firsthand accounts in this book. Well over 100 tales cover everything from everyday life for Hispanic women during the Great Depression to cultural legends. The book opens with an introduction to the study. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558853126
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
11/01/2000
Series:
Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.46(h) x 1.33(d)

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