South Carolina Between World Wars: The Impact of the New Deal
When the stock market crashed in 1929, ushering in the Great Depression, South Carolina was already in dire financial straits. Cotton prices had plummeted, even before the boll weevil had decimated the crop. Years of non-sustainable practices in cotton farming had ruined thousands of acres of farmland. And, the textile industry had crashed.
Then came Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, which altered the physical, social, and economic landscape of South Carolina. In the second of our programs on South Carolina Between the World Wars, Dr. Kerry Taylor, a specialist in twentieth-century US, labor, African American, and oral history at The Citadel, talks with Walter Edgar about the long-lasting impacts of the New Deal on the state.
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