Binding: Trade Paperback
In the 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, the federal government put thousands of unemployed writers to work in the Federal Writer's Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Out of their efforts came the American Guide series, the first comprehensive guidebooks to the people, resources, and traditions of each state in the union.
The WPA Guide to Wisconsin is a candid, detailed, and lively introduction to the state and its people. Much has changed since the book's first publication in 1941, when, as the authors noted, some residents could "still remember when the virgin forest covered five-sixths of Wisconsin." But the book vividly recaptures an era when the state gasoline tax was four cents, resident fishing and hunting licenses cost one dolar, "Wisconsin Cheese Week" was celebrated state wide each winter, and the university at Madison enrolled under 10,000 students annually.