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Across America 4



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Across America 4

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Above:  Exhibit AA-31.  American Wild Life: Illustrated.  This is a 749 page book, completed by the WPA New York Writer's Program in 1940.  It is a sort of inventory of America's major wildlife.  Most pages have illustrations or photographs.  From a historical perspective, it is a fascinating look into the environmental thought of the 1930s; one can see the seeds of the modern environmental/conservation movement here, especially in the introductory pages.  (This image is a scan from my own book collection)


Above:  Exhibit AA-32.  Mural in Eugene, Oregon Post Office.  Another impressive example of New Deal era artwork (Image used with permission of Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives).  (Image used for educational, non-commercial, and non-profit making purposes. Copyright, United States Postal Service.  All rights reserved.)


 



Above:  Exhibit AA-33.  The WPA helps with disaster relief in New England after a huge hurricane in 1938.  11-minute video courtesy of Internet Archive.


Above:  Exhibit AA-34a.  Fort Ashby, in Fort Ashby, West Virginia.  The WPA restored this fort in 1939.  Photo taken by Brent McKee, 2011.


Above:  Exhibit AA-34b.  Historical marker in front of Fort Ashby.  Photo taken by Brent McKee, 2011.


Above:  Exhibit AA-34c.  Plaque on the front of Fort Ashby.  Photo taken by Brent McKee, 2011.
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