AND ANGER, 1931—1932
This brief, melancholy report, reflecting the consequences of both poverty and drought, might have been read as a dark shadow of the wider disasters ahead for many farmers of the Great Plains.
ROADS SEEKING AID
“SHARE CROPPERS, ” DROUGHT
VICTIMS, GET FLOUR, LARD, AND PORK
FROM RED CROSS DEPOTS.
MARKED TREE, Ark., Jan. 26—Roads clogged with wagons and buggies, not automobiles, and men and women walking, with sacks of flour on their shoulders and pails of lard in their hands, tell a graphic story of what the drought has done to parts of Arkansas.
It is the same picture nearly everywhere in the eastern section of the State, which is the heart of the drought area.
These are the “share croppers, ” as they are called, on their way to the nearest Red Cross relief office or going back to their homes with the meager rations thus provided.
Nearly always it is a sack of flour, and either a pail of lard or a little package of plain salt pork. These are prescribed by the Red Cross.
It may be lard one week and meat the next, because even from the $2 a week and 50 cents for each child given them, they sometimes find it possible to save out a little meat one week and lard the next, so they alternate, one week taking lard and the next meat.