By Janet Poppendieck
This e-book explains in readable narrative how the hot Deal nutrition counsel attempt, initially conceived as a aid degree for bad humans, grew to become a application designed to elevate the earning of business farmers. In a broader experience, the booklet explains how the recent Deal years have been formative for meals advice in next administrations; it additionally examines the performance--or loss of performance--of next in-kind reduction programs.
starting with a quick survey of the historical past of the yank farmer earlier than the melancholy and the effect of the melancholy on farmers, the writer describes the advance of Hoover advice courses and the occasions on the finish of that management that formed the "historical second" seized by means of the early New Deal. Poppendieck is going directly to learn the nutrition tips rules and courses of the Roosevelt years, the actual sequence of occasions that culminated within the choice to buy surplus agriculture items and distribute them to the negative, the institutionalization of this method, the resutls accomplished, and the curiosity teams shaped. The booklet additionally seems to be on the takeover of nutrients suggestions by way of the U.S. division of Agriculture and its slow variation to be used as a device within the upkeep of farm source of revenue. Utliizing a wide selection of legitimate and unofficial resources, the writer finds with strange readability the evolution from a coverage without delay conscious of the terrible to a coverage serving normally democratic needs.
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23 per family. 93 is an allowance for food, . . 31 Some cities made no pretense of supplying a reasonable budget. Baltimore gave its needy families an average of eighty cents worth of commodities each week, and Atlanta provided sixty cents per week for white recipients and less for blacks. Dallas excluded both blacks and Mexicans from relief. Some cities ran out of funds; Cincinnati paid each family the weekly grant every other week in hopes that some other means of support might be found during an off week.
26 With this general analysis perceived as the root of the problem, farm leaders began looking for a plan to make the tariff effective for agricul- The Plight of the Farmer 11 ture, to place American agriculture on an equal footing with American industry by segregating the surplus from the amounts sold for consumption at home. In 1922, an agricultural implements manufacturer named George Peek and his associate at the Moline Plow Company, General Hugh Johnson, who had served together on the War Industries Board, published a pamphlet entitled Equality for Agriculture in which they proposed a government-sponsored, two-price system to aid American agriculture in achieving parity prices.
These, it was assumed, would be most influential in the farming community. Once organized, the local bureaus were expected to contribute to the support of the agents' work, either directly from dues or indirectly by obtaining appropriations of county funds. Thus, the county agents became dependent upon the local farm bureaus, both as evidence of the effectiveness of their work and as a source of funds. Officially, the agents were employees of the federal, state, and county governments, and they were supervised by the director of the Extension Service attached to the state's land-grant college through which the federal share in the funds was channeled; but at the practical, day-to-day level, the agent was beholden to the local farmers who ran the farm bureau.
Breadlines knee-deep in wheat : food assistance in the Great Depression by Janet Poppendieck