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Federal Writers Project



  • Stories of Slavery, From Those Who Survived It

    by Clint Smith

    "The Federal Writers’ Project ex-slave narratives produced tens of thousands of pages of interviews and hundreds of photographs—the largest, and perhaps the most important, archive of testimony from formerly enslaved people in history."



  • Once Upon a Time, When America Paid Its Writers

    In Jason Boog’s new book, "The Deep End," he offers colorful and often grim profiles of nine Depression-era writers and connects their stories to the struggles that writers face today. Even before our current economic crisis, it was a depressingly apt comparison.



  • Pencil Leaners

    by Jeff Sparrow

    As Australia considers government support to artistic workers inspired by the US New Deal, important differences in context should be observed.