The book shows how New Deal farm programs helped large landowners at the expense of tenant farmers and sharecroppers; how the National Industrial Recovery Act contributed to monopoly and to the development of cartels within industries, undercutting recovery; how Social Security slowed the recovery, taxing workers, removing money from the wider economy, and contributing to higher unemployment; and how African-Americans were hurt by the Agricultural Adjustment Administration
and the Wagner Act's sponsorship of unions.
To rescue the nation's farmers, the Agricultural Adjustment Administration
(AAA) paid subsidies to those who voluntarily reduced their crop acreages in an effort to eliminate overproduction, increase prices, and raise rural people's liv ing standards.
The first was with the Agricultural Adjustment Administration
, then Triple-A, to which Kennedy in an earlier work has given informed attention.
After three years in private law practice in Boston, Hiss joined the New Deal - first as an official with the Agricultural Adjustment Administration
, and then as a Senate legal assistant and as a Justice Department attorney.
Indeed, 450 agricultural codes were transferred from the National Recovery Administration to the Agricultural Adjustment Administration
between June 26, 1933 and December 6, 1933 for implementation.
Outstanding productions included Triple-A Plowed Under, dealing with the Supreme Court's invalidation of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration
(AAA), and One-Third of a Nation, dramatizing the plight of the poor.
In the 1930s, however, federal intervention in southern agriculture, through the Agricultural Adjustment Administration
(AAA) and its successors, provided large landholders with new powers in the form of allotments and benefits, while providing them with the means with which to escape their old dependence on tenants and croppers.