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A NEW DEAL PROJECT IN ARKANSAS -[pictures & story] Lake Dick, Arkansas represents the most socialistically oriented of the many cooperative farms

Lake Dick, Arkansas represents a unique experience in American agricultural history because it is one of a small number of communal farms established and operated by the United States Government as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. Lake Dick represents the most socialistically oriented of the many cooperative farms established in the 1930’s. “The organization […]

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A NEW DEAL PROJECT IN ARKANSAS 1938 -Striking 1938 close-up photographs] of some of the farmers of Lake Dick, Arkansas

  The Lake Dick Cooperative Association in Arkansas was a New Deal Project. It consisted of the heads of each resident household, with each member holding one share of stock. This Association controlled all commercial and agricultural activities at Lake Dick. As a benevolent cooperative, the Association leased the entire 3,453 acre farm from the […]

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[Fantastic 1938 photographs] of farmers making sorghum and haying at Lake Dick, Arkansas in 1938

These remarkable photographs taken by Russell Lee show farming equipment, techniques of haying and sorghum making in October 1938. How times have changed!   Member of Lake Dick Cooperative Association, Lake Dick Project, Arkansas Cleaning vats used in production of syrup from sorghum, Lake Dick Project, Arkansas Stripping sorghum prior to crushing. Sorghum mill at […]

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Do you remember these washing machines? great pictures and rare film!

Rare! 1938 film of Lake Dick, Arkansas with photographs As a result of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s interest in assisting the rural poor during the 1930’s Depression, the Resettlement Administration was established. Lake Dick was one of these Resettlement projects near Althimer, Arkansas. It was part of the governments efforts to help sharecroppers establish their […]

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Can you believe there is an Alabama Landing in Arkansas?

THE ALABAMA LANDING by Jon R McKinnie Hernando DeSoto’s expedition In 1541-1542, Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto’s expedition included the first white men to explore this particular area of north Louisiana. They had traveled throughout mid-America from the Mobile, AL starting point and, in time, to south Arkansas and north Louisiana. Expedition journals record they spent […]

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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 […]