Agricultural Adjustment Act Controversy | History of SC Slide Collection

One of the most controversial aspects of the First New Deal was the Agricultural Adjustment Act, or the AAA. This legislation was intended to help farmers by reducing the quantity of farm production so that farm prices would increase. Farmers were paid not to produce certain crops. At the beginning, however, some farm commodities already in production were deliberately destroyed. Opponents of the AAA, which was eventually declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, pointed in particular to the destruction of thousands of baby pigs who would otherwise grow to become mature pork. These swine, on the Coosaw plantation of J.M. Cellabos in Dale, were not photographed until 1939. E.C. Hunter, photographer.

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