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Farm Security Administration Photographs

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This gallery of photographs- taken from the New York Public Library archives- documents life during America’s Great Depression - a time in which the agricultural atmosphere and national financial instability were causing large disturbances in rural life across the country. Because of this, the Farm Security Administration was implemented in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal as an effort to alleviate American rural poverty. These images, taken by the FSA, 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
Barn on Route 40, Ohio
Barn on Route 40, Ohio
Loafers on Street Corner, small town, Ohio
Loafers on Street Corner, small town, Ohio
Street Scene showing Movie Theater
Street Scene showing Movie Theater
Movie Theater, New Orleans, Louisiana
Movie Theater, New Orleans, Louisiana
Tea Room in New Orleans, Louisiana
Tea Room in New Orleans, Louisiana
Blind Beggar, Washington, D.C.
Blind Beggar, Washington, D.C.
Shoe Shiner in Natchez, Mississippi
Shoe Shiner in Natchez, Mississippi
Threshing Machine on Case Plantation, Pulaski County, Arkansas
Threshing Machine on Case Plantation, Pulaski County, Arkansas
West Memphis, Arkansas
West Memphis, Arkansas