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Planning Democracy: Agrarian Intellectuals and the Intended New Deal

Jess Gilbert


Late in the 1930s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture set up a national network of local organizations that joined farmers with public administrators, adult-educators, and social scientists. The aim was to localize and unify earlier New Deal programs concerning soil conservation, farm production control, tenure security, and other reforms, and by 1941 some 200,000 farm people were involved. Even so, conservative anti-New Dealers killed the successful program the next year. This book re-examines the era's agricultural policy and tells the neglected story of the New Deal agrarian leaders and the ... More

Keywords: U.S. Department of Agriculture, New Deal programs, soil conservation, farm production control, tenure security, farmers, agricultural policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300207316
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300207316.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jess Gilbert, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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