In 1935, the Federal Writers Project, a Great Depression stimulus package much criticized in its time, began to deliver its first dividends. In communities throughout the country, out-of-work writers, teachers, and scholars began gathering and organizing collections of local customs and folklore. Some of this research has been published, but much of it remains hidden in FWP archives in Washington and elsewhere. Wyoming Folklore is a historic publication: It is the first comprehensive published collection of FWP material on Wyoming folktales, beliefs, customs, and folk speech. Editor's recommendation.
Wyoming Folklore: Reminiscences, Folktales, Beliefs, Customs, and Folk Speechby Federal Writers' Project
In 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order creating the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP). Out-of-work teachers, writers, and scholars fanned out across the country to collect and document local lore. This book reveals the remarkable results of the FWP in Wyoming at a time when it was still possible to interview… See more details below
In 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order creating the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP). Out-of-work teachers, writers, and scholars fanned out across the country to collect and document local lore. This book reveals the remarkable results of the FWP in Wyoming at a time when it was still possible to interview Civil War veterans and former slaves, homesteaders and Oregon Trail migrants, soldiers of the Great War and Native Americans who remembered Little Big Horn. The work of the FWP in Wyoming, collected and edited here for the first time, comprises a rich repository of folklore and history and a firsthand look at the Old West in the process of becoming the new American frontier. Wyoming Folklore presents the legends, local and oral histories, and pioneer stories that defined the state in the early twentieth century.
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James R. Dow is a professor emeritus of foreign languages and literatures at Iowa State University and is the author of German Folklore: A Handbook. Roger L. Welsch is a well-known folklorist and essayist and the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore and Cather’s Kitchens: Foodways in Literature and Life, both available in Bison Books editions. Susan D. Dow’s photographs have appeared in several of James Dow’s books.
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