Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Farm Security Administration-- Part 2: Photographers and Japanese-American Relocation
The Resettlement Administration's primary focus was California where migrant workers and farmers fleeing from the Dust Bowl were placed in 95 camps. Some 75,000 people benefited from the services.
Thirty-four homestead communities were also established and agricultural education was given to 455,000 farm families.
Many of the Farm Security Administration's (FSA) photographers became photographers for the Office of War Information. Some of them were Jack Delano, Dorothea Lange, Gordon parks, Arthur Rothstein (whose three photographs at Mercer G. Evans Camp were in yesterday's post) and John Vachon.
During World War II, the FSA was under the Wartime Civil Control Administration, a sub-agency of the War Relocation Authority (WRA). This group was responsible for the relocation of Japanese-Americans to internment camps. They also transferred Japanese-American farms to other operators.