“The story of the New Deal program that produced the first guide to Indiana.
From 1935 to 1942, the Indiana office of the Federal Writers’ Program hired unemployed writers as “field workers” to create a portrait in words of the land, the people, and the culture of the Hoosier state. Beginning work under the guidance of Ross Lockridge, whose son would later burst onto the American literary scene with his novel Raintree County, the group's publications and research remain a useful and rarely tapped storehouse of information on the history and culture of the state.”
“Blakey asserts that 'ambivalence about unemployment and relief work isunderstandable for the FWP (Federal Writers’ Project) employees, but there need be neither silence nor shame about their legacy' (p. 212). This reviewer enthusiastically agrees.”
“An important history of the Indiana state Federal Writers' Project . . . straightforward . . . persuasive . . . impassioned. This is an important social history of Depression-era Indiana and a guide for future research.January 2006”
— A. B. Audant, CUNY Kingsborough Community College