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Monroe County WPA History

In 1940, Monroe County School Superintendent Ether Roberts asked the Iowa Writers’ Program to create a history of Monroe County, Iowa, for use by the county’s schoolchildren. "The good citizen should understand the tasks that confronted his forebears," Roberts said. "What were the Indians like? How did the pioneers live?"

Only a few copies of the history were created, and fewer have survived. This new edition contains all the text of the original but is illustrated with period and modern photographs.

The Iowa Writers’ Program was a part of the Works Progress Administration, an employment program founded in 1935 to assist millions of people who were unemployed because of the Great Depression. Divisions of the WPA built public buildings, bridges, roads and parks, and operated large art, drama and literacy projects.

80 pages, illustrated, $19.99

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