Milwaukee in the 1930s: A Federal Writers Project City Guide

Milwaukee in the s A Federal Writers Project City Guide What would it be like to take an intensive tour of Milwaukee as it was during the late s at the confluence of the Great Depression the New Deal and the run up to World War II That is precisely w

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  • Title: Milwaukee in the 1930s: A Federal Writers Project City Guide
  • Author: John D. Buenker
  • ISBN: 9780870207426
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • What would it be like to take an intensive tour of Milwaukee as it was during the late 1930s at the confluence of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the run up to World War II That is precisely what the participants in the Federal Writers Project did while researching their Guide to Milwaukee The fruits of their labors were ready for publication by 1940, but for a nWhat would it be like to take an intensive tour of Milwaukee as it was during the late 1930s at the confluence of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the run up to World War II That is precisely what the participants in the Federal Writers Project did while researching their Guide to Milwaukee The fruits of their labors were ready for publication by 1940, but for a number of reasons the finished product never saw the light of day until now.Fortunately, the manuscript has been carefully preserved in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives Seventy five years after the work s completion, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and historian John D Buenker present this guide now serving as a time machine, ready to transport readers back to the Milwaukee of the 1930s, neighborhood by neighborhood, building by building Much than a nostalgic snapshot, the book examines Milwaukee s history from its earliest days to 1940.Buenker s thoughtful introduction provides historical context, detailing the FWP s development of this guide, as well as Milwaukee s political climate leading up to, and during, the 1930s Next, essays on thirteen areas, ranging from Civic Center to Bay View, delve deeper into the geography, economy, and culture of old Milwaukee s neighborhoods, and simulated auto tours take readers to locales still familiar today, exploring the city s most celebrated landmarks and institutions With a calendar of annual events and a list of public services and institutions, plus dozens of photographs from the era, Milwaukee in the 1930s provides a unique record of a pre World War II American city.

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    1. Some descriptions of contemporary affairs over time become historical snapshots. “Milwaukee In The 1930s”, adapted from the Federal Writers Project’s (a Depression era program to employ writers) unpublished ”A Guide Top Milwaukee”, is such a work. Retrieved from the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives by editor John D. Duenker, it provides readers with a view of Depression Era Milwaukee. The Preface provides an excellent History of the FWP, a WPA program, its City Guide Series and th [...]

    2. In the general stacks of the Central branch of the Milwaukee Public Library, available for anyone to check out, is a bound typewritten manuscript: a history of Milwaukee written during the Depression and supported by government grant. It's idiosyncratic, vivid, opinionated, and informative. It was never published. Certain members of the City Council objected to what they considered its leftist slant and refused to contribute to the costs of publication. I thought perhaps this was that book, but [...]

    3. This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.I got this book out of curiosity as my father was growing up in the city at this time during the 1930's. The book was a program undertaken during the Great Depression years by the government called the Federal Writers Project (FWP), to give work to white collar workers unemployed. Interestingly it was compiled but never published and not released until now due to mainly the intervention of WWII. So what is has given us today is kind of a l [...]

    4. For someone who grew up in Milwaukee in the 1930s,the book "Milwaukee in the 1930s" was a tripdown "Memory Lane". There are many tidbits of information of which I had never been aware. Thehistory of the city is well presented. In addition,the many ethnic groups which settled in various partsof the city are quite thoroughly represented. If you come from the "City of Gemutlikhkeit",you'llreally enjoy this read.

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