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Breadlines knee-deep in wheat : food assistance in the Great Depression

Author: Janet Poppendieck
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : Updated and expanded editionView all editions and formats
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Overview: At no time during the Great Depression was the contradiction between agriculture surplus and widespread hunger more wrenchingly graphic than in the government's attempt to raise pork prices through the mass slaughter of millions of "unripe" little pigs. This contradiction was widely perceived as a "paradox.". In fact, as Janet Poppendieck makes clear in this newly expanded and updated volume, it was a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Poppendieck, Janet, 1945-
Breadlines knee-deep in wheat.
Berkeley : University of California Press, [2014]
(OCoLC)879946702
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Poppendieck
ISBN: 9780520277533 0520277538 9780520277540 0520277546
OCLC Number: 861955178
Description: xxiv, 376 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Marion Nestle --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction: Paradox of want amid plenty --
List of abbreviations --
Plight of the farmer --
Depression: deprivation and despair --
Politics of wheat and drought --
Government grain for the needy --
End of the Hoover era --
Promise of the New Deal --
Little pigs: the genesis of relief distribution --
Federal Surplus Relief Corporation --
Corporation in conflict: competition with private enterprise --
Transfer to the Department of Agriculture --
Accommodation to agricultural priorities --
Food assistance: the legacy of the New Deal policy choices --
Epilogue --
Acknowledgments to the 2014 edition --
Sources --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: by Janet Poppendieck ; foreword by Marion Nestle.

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Explains how the New Deal food assistance effort, originally conceived as a relief measure for poor people, became a program designed to raise the incomes of commercial farmers. This book examines  Read more...

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