Loans help destitute farmers in Batesville, Arkansas – [great film & 1934 photos]

After the Great Depression in America, many farm families were destitute. In April 1934, a special Rural Rehabilitation Division was established within the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, for the purpose of assisting these farm families throughout the country “to become self-supporting and independent of emergency relief aid. Loans were granted and by 1935, there were 366,945 farm families that had received rehabilitation advances.

Below are photographs taken by Carl Mydan outside of Batesville, Arkansas in June 1936 of families who received help from the Rural Rehabilitation Division.

Rehabilitation client picking English peas on farm near Batesville, Arkansas

Rehabilitation client picking English peas on farm near Batesville, Arkansas

Binding of wheat near Batesville, Arkansas

binding of wheat near Batesville, Arkansas June 1936 by Carl Mydans

 

Fall wheat near Batesville, Arkansas June 1936 by Carl Mydans

 

R.E. Sneed, rehabilitation client and eight year old daughter on cotton cultivator. Near Batesville, Arkansas

 

R.E. Sneed, rehabilitation client and eight year old daughter on cotton cultivator. Near Batesville, Arkansas May-June 1936

Rehabilitation Administration client standing in opening of storm cellar which is used also to store hundreds of cans of food. Near Batesville, Arkansas

Rehabilitation Administration client standing in opening of storm cellar which is used also to store hundreds of cans of food. Near Batesville, Arkansas

Rehabilitation client and food canned at the suggestion of Resettlement Administration rehabilitation supervisor. Near Batesville, Arkansas

Rehabilitation client and food canned at the suggestion of Resettlement Administration rehabilitation supervisor. Near Batesville, Arkansas June 1936

Rehabilitation clients in garden showing cabbages grown this season. Near Batesville, Arkansas

Rehabilitation clients in garden showing cabbages grown this season. Near Batesville, Arkansas

Resettlement Administration rehabilitation loan supervisor talking with client on potato raising problems. Near Batesville, Arkansas

Resettlement Administration rehabilitation loan supervisor talking with client on potato raising problems. Near Batesville, Arkansas June 1936

Roller constructed by Rehabilitation Administration client which is used to flatten soil between cotton and help in keeping moisture in the land. Near Batesville, Arkansas

Roller constructed by Rehabilitation Administration client which is used to flatten soil between cotton and help in keeping moisture in the land. Near Batesville, Arkansas

 

The resilient people of Batesville, Arkansas overcame their earlier problems and now have a vibrant economy as revealed in the following video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HURNufCm3Cg

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