RELIEF: Experiment & Error

On Sept. 29, 1933 the U. S. Government bought for $46,000 a 1,100-acre farm just outside scraggly little Reedsville in the gentle hills of northwest West Virginia. Thus was launched a prime New Deal scheme, sprung largely from the mind and heart of long-legged, dynamic Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt, to give homes and garden-factory livelihoods to stranded U. S. families. Since that time the Government has made a start on 61 other Subsistence Homestead projects, but the one at Reedsville remains the most significant.

On Nov. 7, 1933 the first 25 jobless...

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