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14 of the New Deals Alphabet Agencies


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FSA (Farm Security Administration)
A giant dust storm blacks out the sky of Goodwell, Okla., during the Dust Bowl.
A giant dust storm blacks out the sky of Goodwell, Okla., during the Dust Bowl.
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This relief organization was originally called the Resettlement Administration Act of 1935. Its purpose was to improve the lot of the poor farmers so poignantly depicted in John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath. The FSA established temporary housing for Dust Bowl refugees from Oklahoma and Arkansas who had migrated to California in hopes of finding employment. In total, the FSA loaned more than a billion dollars to farmers and set up many camps for destitute migrant workers.