The 1930s in Print:
Plate Special: An Anthology of 30s Prose
This collection has crime fiction, some real event reportage, strikes
and riots as well as humor. Like a good square meal, it has a little bit
from every group. Put them all together and you have a wholesome taste
of the decade.
Tradition of the Mountains
An analysis of the southern Appalachian Mountains in literature.
Conflicts: Absalom Absalom and Gone with the Wind
A comparison of two books about the South, one a high modernist text by
William Faulkner which few read at the time, the other the broadly popular
fiction by Margaret Mitchell.
Dancer's Dance: Mules and Men—a Hypertext
The complete text of this important work by Zora Neale Hurston includes
extensive editorial and critical commentary, images and biographies.
WPA Guide to the Old Dominion
Full text of this volume in the WPA Guide Series in addition to a series
of projects directed at researching what the Guide did not describe, the
actual life of citizens in the Old Dominion.
Humor: A Study of the National Character
Constance Rourke's insightful study of American Folk Culture. From Yankee
peddlers to Ring-Tailed Roarers from the Old Southwest, from Davy Crockett
to Melville, Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman, Rourke maps the peculiar shape
and texture of American humor. The full text digitized.
in America: The Arts in American Civilization
The full text of John Kouwenhoven's study of the vernacular tradition
in American Culture, especially what Kouwenhoven calls "the practical
aesthetic" which underlies both the original agrarian culture and
the emergent industrial culture.
Seven Lively Arts
The full text of Gilbert Seldes ground breaking account and defense of
American Popular Arts, of film, popular music and dance, musical comedy,
cartoons, and popular fiction.
Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s
The full text of Frederick Lewis Allen's classic account of the eleven
years between the defeat of Germany in WW I to the stock market crash
in October, 1929 from the perspective of the Depression.