Published: 09 May 2013
Between 1933 and 1935 the United States Federal Division of Subsistence Homesteads (DSH) created 34 New Deal communities. The homesteads were organized as examples of how the country could benefit from semirural neighbourhoods, where part-time farming on inexpensive but desirable land would encourage uplifting social functions and establish a better way of life. Chapters 1 and 2 contextualize the implementation and operation of DHS. Chapter 3 considers the wide range of projects being proposed. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 provide case studies. Chapter 7 considers why the DSH projects have been misunderstood and misrepresented.
Carriker shows that the agenda of DSH was not as far-fetched as some have claimed and that the tendency to condemn DSH projects failed to appreciate the benefits that came from some individual homestead communities - particularly those in the Far West. Some of these western communities remain - living legacies of the New Deal. He concludes that the western homesteads were quaified accompklishments.
Robert M Carriker is head of the History and Geography Department and director of Public History Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette,
Urban Farming in the West - A New Deal Experiment in Subsistence Homesteads
Robert M Carriker
The University of Arizona Press