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Farm Security Administration Photographs

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This playlist of photographs—taken from the New York Public Library archives—documents life during America’s Great Depression. It was a time when the agricultural atmosphere and national financial instability were causing large disturbances in rural life across the country. The Farm Security Administration was implemented in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal—it was, in essence, an effort to alleviate American rural poverty. These images portray the struggles and hardships, but also the beauty and triumphs, of America’s rural people.

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Table in Home of Destitute Ozark Family, Arkansas
Table in Home of Destitute Ozark Family, Arkansas
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Barn on Route 40, Ohio
Barn on Route 40, Ohio
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Loafers on Street Corner, small town, Ohio
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Street Scene showing Movie Theater
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Movie Theater, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Tea Room in New Orleans, Louisiana
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Blind Beggar, Washington, D.C.
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Shoe Shiner in Natchez, Mississippi
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Threshing Machine on Case Plantation, Pulaski County, Arkansas
Threshing Machine on Case Plantation, Pulaski County, Arkansas
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West Memphis, Arkansas
West Memphis, Arkansas