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Franklin Roosevelts New Deal benefited the lives of most farmers in many different and powerful ways The combination of the alphabet soup acts and the long lasting effects that they produced transformed the modern individual farmer of the late 1920s and the entire 1930s from the down and out could barely survive Okie farmer as depicted in John Steinbecks Grapes of Wrath to a more uniform government backed stable farmer that still exists today Many reasons as to why agricultural recovery and reform were put at such high priority have been suggested In particular there are two very compelling and logical reasons One farmers were the most in need - as dust bowls were hovering over towns like the second coming of Jesus and droughts especially in the south west were becoming more devastatingly common The second reason is that many believed that agriculture was the root of the United States economy The idea being that the agricultural depression from the droughts and windstorms led to bank closures business losses increased unemployment and other physical and emotional problems As Franklin Roosevelt once said if the farm population suffers the people in the cites in every part of the country suffer with it With the same thought of mind the Democratic party believed and Roosevelt emphasized through his fire-side chats that true prosperity would not return until farming was prosperous So with this popular sense of importance and urgency spread from poor rural farm areas to the political capital of Washington Congress expediently passed the Agricultural Adjustment Act on May 12 1933 With this new law which many critics deemed fascist the government created enforced limits to how much of a certain crop a farmer could produce and in many cases even had farmers burn crops and slaughter livestock to waste These new actions greatly benefited farmers economically as with every head of livestock and every bushel of crop wasted farmers would receive subsidies from the
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