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    fyi..aj wright UNIQUE SNAPSHOT OF ALABAMA IN 1930 S WPA GUIDE! TUSCALOOSA, AL, April 17, 2000-The University of Alabama Press is pleased to announce the
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      UNIQUE SNAPSHOT OF ALABAMA IN 1930'S WPA GUIDE!

      TUSCALOOSA, AL, April 17, 2000-The University of Alabama Press is pleased to
      announce the publication of a new edition of The WPA Guide to 1930s Alabama,
      with an introduction by Harvey H. Jackson III. A fascinating time capsule,
      this classic guide captures Alabama at a critical moment in its history
      between the Great Depression and World War II and its aftermath.

      The WPA guide to Alabama provides a unique snapshot of 1930s Alabama life
      and culture. Like the other state guides in the WPA's American Guide Series,
      it features essays on history, economy, people, folkways, education, and
      other characteristics of the state, as well as general information about the
      towns and cities. Fifteen suggested automobile tours encourage visitors and
      residents to explore every corner of the state, from the Gulf Coast to the
      Black Belt and the Tennessee Valley, from bayous to farmlands to mountain
      gorges.

      When it was first published in 1941, the guide went far to dispel the myth
      of an Alabama consisting only of cotton fields, magnolias, and plantation
      houses by highlighting the vibrant university life in Tuscaloosa, the modern
      industrial activity in Birmingham, the informality of politics in
      Montgomery, the cultural diversity in Alabama's port city, Mobile, and the
      small town life in Huntsville before it became home to the space industry.
      The book includes a calendar of annual events, census data, and a wealth of
      information useful to the traveling public of the time and enlightening to
      readers today. The guide lists radio stations, buses, railroads, and
      highways as they existed before the advent of television, interstates, and
      malls.

      Harvey Jackson's fascinating introduction assesses the guide as a historical
      document and recounts the involved and sometimes controversial process by
      which it was researched and written. Project directors struggled to make the
      guide palatable to its public while still addressing such issues as poverty
      and race relations and recognizing the state's diversity and its rich folk
      culture. The result makes for compelling reading for general readers and
      historians alike.

      Leah Rawls Atkins of Auburn University writes, "How this volume was compiled
      and edited and how for a generation it came to be the definitive
      interpretation of the state's past are detailed in Harvey Jackson's
      sensitive introduction to this reprint. The story tells much about the
      people of Alabama and their perceptions of the state and its history. The
      WPA Guide to 1930s Alabama evokes the time of its compilation and helps us
      understand this era. It is a must for the bookshelves of Alabama's citizens,
      and Jackson's introduction is invaluable to understanding the full
      significance of the Guide to the state's history."

      Harvey H. Jackson III is Professor of History at Jacksonville State
      University. His books include Rivers of History: Life on the Coosa,
      Tallapoosa, Cahaba, and Alabama and Putting Loafing Stream to Work: The
      Building of Lay, Mitchell, Martin, and Jordan Dams, 1910-1929, both
      published by The University of Alabama Press.



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      WPA Guide to 1930s Alabama
      584 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, over 120 black and white illustrations
      ISBN 0-8173-1028-2
      $24.95t paper
      Publication Date: May 26, 2000



      For review copies or more information, contact:
      Priscilla J. McWilliams
      The University of Alabama Press
      Box 870380
      Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0380
      pjmcwill@... <mailto:pjmcwill@...>
      (205) 348-9534, phone
      (205) 348-9201, fax

      For orders, please contact:
      The University of Alabama Press
      Chicago Distribution Center
      11030 S. Langley
      Chicago, IL 60628
      (773) 568-1550, phone
      (773) 660-2235 or (800)-621-8476, fax
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