Friday Video: Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story

From the blog, Soul of a People.

Today’s Friday Video continues recent discussions of the Federal Writers Project and the role it played in documenting American stories. (To read recent Seed and the Story columns about the FWP in central Arkansas go here).

Directed by Andrea Kalin, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson, and based on the book, Soul Of A People  by David A. Taylor (more on this book in the near future) and features commentary from literary luminaries Studs Terkel, Stetson Kennedy, Douglas Brinkley and David Bradley. Includes stories from some of the projects most famous alums including  Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurstson, and John Cheever.

Check out the clip below and click on this link to watch the entire film online for free.

In upcoming posts we’d like to explore not only the history of this project but how it can influence, inspire, caution, and inform our work today. How have you been inspired by the FWP? What have you learned from its flaws? How can we channel the positive aspects of this work today? We’d love to hear your thoughts!  Please share in the comments section below or send us a private email via the “Contact Us” link above. We’d love to hear what you have to say!