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“Despite a large literature on the New Deal and rural poverty, Charles Kenneth Roberts makes an excellent contribution to this body of work with his well-researched, insightful, and judicious book […] a ﬁrst-rate piece of policy history that tells a great deal about the New Deal and the problem of rural poverty.” – American Historical Review
“a concise history that provides readers with both a top-down account and a ground-level analysis of this heady New Deal program […] should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the RA/FSA […] What this monograph does most admirably is construct a necessary top-down administrative history and wed it to local-level analysis” – The Journal of Southern History
“Overall, this book is an important addition to scholarship on the FSA and the New Deal, especially for those interested in the way federal policy played out in communities.” – Agricultural History