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Planning DemocracyAgrarian Intellectuals and the Intended New Deal$
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Jess Gilbert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300207316

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300207316.001.0001

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Growing Agrarian Reformers in the Midwest

Growing Agrarian Reformers in the Midwest

A Collective Biography

(p.25) Chapter 3 Growing Agrarian Reformers in the Midwest
Planning Democracy

Jess Gilbert

Richard S. Kirkendall

Yale University Press

This chapter outlines the collective biography of six agrarian intellectuals who were behind the New Deal: Henry A. Wallace, M. L. Wilson, Howard R. Tolley, L. C. Gray, Carl C. Taylor, and Bushrod W. Allin. Growing up in the Midwest in the late nineteenth century, all six were raised as farm boys with deep-seated faith in Protestantism. Years later, they pursued formal education in the University of Wisconsin under the instructorship of Thorstein Veblen and John R. Commons, two of the reigning scholars in the fields of radical-reformism and institutional economics. The chapter describes their careers in the agricultural sector, highlighting the formation of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (BAE) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This bureau became a pivotal cog in establishing the New Deal as it laid down the foundations of the policy.

Keywords:   Henry A. Wallace, M. L. Wilson, Howard R. Tolley, L. C. Gray, Carl C. Taylor, Bushrod W. Allin, Thorstein Veblen, John R. Commons, University of Wisconsin, New Deal, Bureau of Agricultural Economics

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