Resettlement Administration


Resettlement Administration–Small loans give farmers a new start

(poster in the public domain from collection of the US Library of Congress)

Created by an executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Resettlement Administration had as its initial goal the resettlement of impoverish tenant farmers from worn out farmland to more fertile lands which they would be able to purchase with a small loan from the Federal Government.

Large landowners were afraid they would lose their tenant farmers and they succeeded in persuading conservative Congressmen that the entire scheme was nothing but socialism in disguise and the agency was closed.

Another part of the program was to move urban poor to “greenbelt towns” where they could start over. Greenbelt, MD, outside of Washington, DC is one of these planned communities of which only a few were constructed.

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Charles McCain

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