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    Related Resources - American Life Histories: Manuscripts from... Selected Bibliography Banks, Ann, ed. First Person America. New York: Knopf, distributed by Random House, 1980. Reprint--New York: W.W. Norton, 1991. Couch, William T., ed. These Are Our Lives. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1939. Leuchtenburg, William. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal. New York: Harper and Row, Inc., 1963. Mangione, Jerre. The Dream and the Deal: The Federal Writer's Project, ...
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    Rights and Access - American Life Histories: Manuscripts from... The Library of Congress is not aware of any copyright in the documents in this collection. As far as is known, the documents were written by U.S. Government employees. Generally speaking, works created by U.S. Government employees are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States, although they may be under copyright in some foreign countries. The persons interviewed or whose words were ...
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    Hard Times in the City - American Life Histories: Manuscripts... The Federal Writers' Project of the 1930s recorded more than 10,000 life stories of men and woman from a variety of occupations and ethnic groups. The following is a sampling of these interviews, which include audio excerpts read by modern actors. Man at Eddie's Bar Surrogate image: Pullman Porter at Union Station in Chicago, 1943. Jack Delano. Photograph, 1943. Name: Not given Location: Eddie's ...
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    Industrial Lore - American Life Histories: Manuscripts from t... The Federal Writers' Project of the 1930s recorded more than 10,000 life stories of men and woman from a variety of occupations and ethnic groups. The following is a sampling of these interviews, which include audio excerpts read by modern actors. Chris Thornsten, Iron Worker Surrogate image: New York, New York. May 1943. A dock stevedore at the Fulton fish market. Gordon Parks. Photograph, ...
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    Introduction - American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the ... Mrs. Hannegan (right) runs a boarding house for girls working in war plants. Marjory Collins. Photograph, 1943. (LC-USW3-27727-D). During the Great Depression of the 1930s, when as many as one out of four Americans could not find jobs, the federal government stepped in to become the employer of last resort. The Works Progress Administration (WPA), an ambitious New Deal program, put 8,500,000 jobless to ...
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    Rank and File - American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the... The Federal Writers' Project of the 1930s recorded more than 10,000 life stories of men and woman from a variety of occupations and ethnic groups. The following is a sampling of these interviews, which include audio excerpts read by modern actors. Anna Novak, Packing House Worker Surrogate image: Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. May 1943. Twins Amy and Mary Rose Lindich, 21, employed at the Pennsylvania railroad ...
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    Women and Work - American Life Histories: Manuscripts from th... The Federal Writers' Project of the 1930s recorded more than 10,000 life stories of men and woman from a variety of occupations and ethnic groups. The following is a sampling of these interviews, which include audio excerpts read by modern actors. Mrs. Elizabeth E. Miller Surrogate image: Canning beans, farm near Bristol, Vermont, 1940. Louise Rosskam. Photograph, 1940. Name: Mrs. Elizabeth E. Miller (Grammy ...