Plowing on a Maryland Farm
Plowing on a Maryland Farm
View of Ida Valley Homesteads, Virginia
View of Ida Valley Homesteads, Virginia
Construction detail of fence near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Construction detail of fence near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Savoy Mountain State Park, Massachusetts
Savoy Mountain State Park, Massachusetts
At a Small American Legion Carnival near Bellows Falls, Vermont
At a Small American Legion Carnival near Bellows Falls, Vermont
Cotton and Corn, Hale County, Alabama
Cotton and Corn, Hale County, Alabama
Farmer's Wife near Gibbs City, Michigan
Farmer's Wife near Gibbs City, Michigan
Farm Security Administration Collection
Farm Security Administration Collection
Submerged Farmland near Tiptonville, Tennessee
Submerged Farmland near Tiptonville, Tennessee
Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
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This playlist of photographs—taken from the New York Public Library archives—documents life during America’s Great Depression. It was a time when the agricultural atmosphere and national financial instability were causing large disturbances in rural life across the country. The Farm Security Administration was implemented in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal—it was, in essence, an effort to alleviate American rural poverty. These images portray the struggles and hardships, but also the beauty and triumphs, of America’s rural people.

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Plowing on a Maryland Farm
Plowing on a Maryland Farm
View of Ida Valley Homesteads, Virginia
View of Ida Valley Homesteads, Virginia
Construction detail of fence near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Construction detail of fence near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Savoy Mountain State Park, Massachusetts
Savoy Mountain State Park, Massachusetts
At a Small American Legion Carnival near Bellows Falls, Vermont
At a Small American Legion Carnival near Bellows Falls, Vermont
Cotton and Corn, Hale County, Alabama
Cotton and Corn, Hale County, Alabama
Farmer's Wife near Gibbs City, Michigan
Farmer's Wife near Gibbs City, Michigan
Farm Security Administration Collection
Farm Security Administration Collection
Submerged Farmland near Tiptonville, Tennessee
Submerged Farmland near Tiptonville, Tennessee
Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina