Soul of a People: Writing America's Story (2009)
Students of American history are well acquainted with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, and in this documentary filmmaker Andrea Kalin offers a detailed look a perhaps lesser-known components of the Works Progress Administration. The Federal Writer's project was an arts program founded under the WPA with the goal of producing informative content for state travel guides. It was a time not too different from our own: in the wake of the stock market crash, unemployment skyrocketed and
Jun 29, 2010
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- Narrator: Let's face it, there is something called official history. But you couldn't find the truth about my background in that history. And one of the things that the WPA did is to allow that intermixture between the formal and the folk, the real experience of people as they feel it. We are a country which improvises. We are creating American history.
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