The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh

By: Laurence A. Glasco, Wright, J. Ernest

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The monumental "American Guide Series," published by the Federal Writers' Project, provided work to thousands of unemployed writers, editors, and researchers in the midst of the Great Depression. Featuring books on states, cities, rivers, and ethnic groups, it also opened an unprecedented view into the lives of the American people during this time. Untold numbers of projects in progress were lost when the program was abruptly shut down by a hostile Congress in 1939.

One of those, "The Negro in Pittsburgh," lay dormant in the Pennsylvania State Library until it was microfilmed in 1970. "The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh" marks the first publication of this rich body of information. This unique historical study of the city's black population features articles on civil rights, social class, lifestyle, culture, folklore, and institutions from colonial times through the 1930s.

Title: The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh

Author: Laurence A. Glasco, Wright, J. Ernest

Illustrator: Reg. Price: $39.95

Categories: African American, WPA Guide, Pennsylvania,

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press: 2004

ISBN Number: 0822942321

ISBN Number 13: 9780822942320

Binding: hardback

Book Details: 432 pages, hardback, University of Pittsburgh Press

Seller ID: 942321

Description: The first publication of a reclaimed WPA project studying Pittsburgh's black population. The book features articles on civil rights, social class, lifestyle, culture, folklore, and institutions, from colonial times through the 1930s.
The monumental American Guide Series, published by the Federal Writers' Project, provided work to thousands of unemployed writers, editors, and researchers in the midst of the Great Depression. Featuring books on states, cities, rivers, and ethnic groups, it also opened an unprecedented view into the lives of the American people during this time. Untold numbers of projects in progress were lost when the program was abruptly shut down by a hostile Congress in 1939. One of those, "The Negro in Pittsburgh," lay dormant in the Pennsylvania State Library until it was microfilmed in 1970. The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh marks the first publication of this rich body of information. This unique historical study of the city's black population features articles on civil rights, social class, lifestyle, culture, folklore, and institutions from colonial times through the 1930s.

About Author
Laurence A. Glasco, associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, is the author of Ethnicity and Social Structure: Irish, Germans, and Native-Born of Buffalo, N.Y., 1850–1860 and the coauthor of Legacy in Bricks and Mortar: African American Landmarks in Allegheny County.