Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Farm Security Administration-- Part 1: Grew Out of the Resettlement Administration
In the last post, I wrote about the Mercer G. Evans Camp in Welasco, Texas, part of the Farm Security Administration. This was an organization I knew nothing about, so good old Wikipedia to the rescue.
This was originally the Resettlement Administration (RA) established in 1935 as part of FDR's New Deal effort to combat rural poverty. This later became the Farm Security Administration (FSA).
Its goal was to improve the lifestyle of sharecroppers, tenant farmers and poor farmers and resettle them into group farms on land more suitable for farming. It was really an experiment into collectivization.
They had a small, but highly photography program for documentation that ran from 1935 to 1944. These photographers showed the challenges faced by the program.