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
Binding of wheat near Batesville, Arkansas
R.E. Sneed, rehabilitation client and eight year old daughter on cotton cultivator. 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 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
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.
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