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  •  The Culling of Cattle - (2+ / 0-)
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    JuliathePoet, benamery21

    Took place from eastern Montana to west Texas. This was due, in part, to low prices, but it was also due to the fact that there was no grass and the cattle were starving. In addition to drought, there were multiple grasshopper plagues.

    It was biblical in proportions. People I have interviewed were children and teenagers in eastern Montana then were horrified that government agents came and killed their cattle, but acknowledge that the animals were starving.

    The Resettlement Administration under Rexford Tugwell was overbearing and insensitive, at times. In areas designated "submarginal" a family could receive public assistance and stay on their land - something that engendered broad resentment than can still be tapped in the San Joaquin Valley, especially among the elderly with migrant backgrounds.

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    Washing Facilities, Imperial Valley

    But to suggest, as you did above, that environmental conditions were not prominent in the depression-era migrations is simply not borne out by the facts.  Furthermore, you implicate New Deal policies as the culprit - an anti-progressive, revisionist view with little evidence to support it.

    Although New Deal programs were quickly cobbled together and had their gaps - especially for people of color and women - the New Deal provided housing and modern sanitary facilities for migrants throughout the agricultural areas of California.

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    Laundry, FSA Camp, Westley, CA

    I welcome discussion of issues surrounding migration during the Great Depression; however, when you make such unsubstantiated statements, I must disagree.

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