The New Deal Era's Federal Writers' Project: History, Politics, and Legacy





July 11-August 6, 2021 (4 weeks)


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience




“The New Deal Era’s Federal Writers’ Project: History, Politics, and Legacy” is a four-week summer institute for 25 college and university teachers to study the Federal Writers’ Project, part of the WPA created by President Roosevelt during the Great Depression. The institute focuses on the FWP’s achievements and failures as America’s first government-sponsored public history program, particularly with respect to its documentation of underrepresented stories about everyday life and its impact on African American literature. Guided by interdisciplinary scholarship, participants will investigate both the vast FWP archive and creative works by project writers like Richard Wright and Zora Neal Hurston.

Project Director(s)

Deborah Mutnick; Shannon Carter

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Deborah Mutnick; Shannon Carter; Jerrold Hirsch; Susan Rubenstein DeMasi; Brian Dolinar; Catherine Stewart; Stephanie Jones-Rogers; John Edgar Tidwell; Betsy Bowen; Laurie Grobman; David Jolliffe; Candace Epps-Robertson

Grantee Institution

Long Island University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs