The Farm Security Administration had photographers fan out across the country to document agricultural conditions. But they brought back much more.
Working well outside their jurisdiction, the officers patrolled their state's borders against white migrants.
“The idea that the federal government would be providing emergency relief and emergency work was extraordinary,” one sociologist said. “And people liked it.”
While the U.S. opens industries to market competition at home and abroad, we give our agricultural producers a lot of protection, including big subsidies.