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Planning Democracy: Agrarian Intellectuals and the Intended New Deal - Yale Agrarian Studies Series (Hardback)
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Planning Democracy: Agrarian Intellectuals and the Intended New Deal - Yale Agrarian Studies Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 11/06/2015
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Late in the 1930s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture set up a national network of local organizations that joined farmers with public administrators, adult-educators, and social scientists. The aim was to localize and unify earlier New Deal programs concerning soil conservation, farm production control, tenure security, and other reforms, and by 1941 some 200,000 farm people were involved. Even so, conservative anti-New Dealers killed the successful program the next year. This book reexamines the era's agricultural policy and tells the neglected story of the New Deal agrarian leaders and their visionary ideas about land, democratization, and progressive social change.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300207316
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 676 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 22 mm


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"We are unlikely ever to have a superior account of the effort to square democratic participation with technical expertise. Gilbert's searching history of the `agrarian intellectuals' in Roosevelt's New Deal administration-what they achieved and how they were undone-is definitive, scrupulously documented, and revelatory. The genuine commitment of these men to local, participatory planning only highlights how far we have now drifted from their vision."-James C. Scott, author of Seeing Like a State and The Art of Not Being Governed -- James C. Scott
"Planning Democracy is a major contribution to our understanding of both the New Deal farm programs and the late New Deal in general. Gilbert offers a richly detailed analysis of what happened with these bold plans in states and regions across the country."-David Hamilton, author of From New Day to New Deal: American Farm Policy from Hoover to Roosevelt -- David Hamilton
"Planning Democracy ranks as one of the handful of really impressive contributions to work on government policy in the 1930s. A superb study."-Tony Badger, author of The New Deal: The Depression Years 1933-1940 -- Tony Badger
"Challenging and powerful . . . . During a time of rising concern about the increasing concentration of wealth and power in American society, Gilbert holds up for consideration a story from the 1930s and 1940s, a tale of an attempt to reform the nation, making it more democratic."-from the Foreword by Richard S. Kirkendall, author of Social Scientists and Farm Politics in the Age of Roosevelt -- Richard S. Kirkendall
"This thoughtful, convincing history and defense of democratic planning provides one of the best studies to date of the 1930s progressives in the Department of Agriculture, as well as an important new angle on the whole New Deal. Not less valuable, it is a lively, engaging narrative."-Linda Gordon, author or the Bancroft Prize-winning Dorothea Lange and The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction -- Linda Gordon
"This much-anticipated book deepens comprehension of the New Deal by sharpening our knowledge of its radical moment and explaining why it lapsed. Showing how popular forces and agrarian intellectuals forged fresh possibilities for both land and democracy, this rich study boldly reminds us that sustained planning and grass-roots initiatives need not contradict."-Ira Katznelson, author of the Bancroft Prize-winning Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time -- Ira Katznelson
Winner of the 2015 Theodore Saloutos Award for the best book on the agricultural history of the United States, given by the Agricultural History Society. -- Theodore Saloutos Award * Agricultural History Society *

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