Planning Democracy: Agrarian Intellectuals and the Intended New Deal (Yale Agrarian Studies Series) (Paperback)

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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 reexamines the era’s agricultural policy and tells the neglected story of the New Deal agrarian leaders and their visionary ideas about land, democratization, and progressive social change.

About the Author


Jess Gilbert is professor emeritus, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780300223057
ISBN-10: 0300223056
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: March 29th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Yale Agrarian Studies Series