San Diego in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to America's Finest City

San Diego in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to America's Finest City

San Diego in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to America's Finest City

San Diego in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to America's Finest City

Synopsis

San Diego in the 1930s offers a lively account of the city's culture, roadside attractions, and history--from the days of the Spanish missions to the pre-Second World War boom. The guide is revealing both in the opinions it embodies and in the juicy details it records--tidbits such as the bloodiest and most incompetently fought battle of the Mexican-American War, Emma Goldman's abruptly terminated speech to local Wobblies in 1912, and even a delightfully anachronistic way to beat a San Diego speeding ticket. Brimming with tours that can prove challenging to retrace, this book reminds us of the changes wrought by seven decades of intervening war, peace, and biotechnology. Unlatching a remarkable trapdoor into the past, this compact and charming document of the Depression era invites repeated browsing and is generously illustrated with striking black-and-white photographs that bring the period to life.

Excerpt

San Diego: A California City is one of the publications written by members of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration. Designed primarily to give useful employment to needy unemployed writers and research workers, this project has utilized their experience and abilities in the preparation for the American people of a portrait of America—its history, folklore, scenery, cultural backgrounds, social and economic trends, and racial factors.

Many books and brochures are being written for the American Guide Series. As they appear in increasing numbers we hope the public will come to appreciate more fully not only the unusual scope of this undertaking, but also the devotion shown by the workers—from the humblest field worker to the most accomplished editor engaged in the final critical revision of the manuscript. the Federal Writers’ Project, directed by Henry G. Alsberg, is administered by Ellen S. Woodward, Assistant Administrator.

(Signed) harry L. hopkins Administrator.

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