THE THREAT TO THE TRIPLE-A: COTTON, CASH, AND HUMAN CASUALTIES
WITH the departure of such conservative agriculturists as George Peek and Charles Brand, the AAA remained firmly in the hands of those favoring the policy of acreage reduction.
Agricultural policy was hereafter determined by agrarian New Dealers whose background and economic philosophy in general were quite similar. Chester Davis, M. L. Wilson, Howard Tolley, Mordecai Ezekiel, Louis Bean, and those from whom they solicited advice (such as John D. Black and Henry C. Taylor) were all well-trained agricultural economists as well as being men who had devoted a large part of their lives to dealing with farm problems. Their involvement with rural issues revolved essentially around commercial agriculture, family-owned farms, and the production of cereal crops or livestock. All of them had worked closely with major farm organizations and knew their leaders on a personal basis. Henry Wallace worked well with these men since he had been associated with them for many years in fighting for agricultural equality. They shared a common background and were all sympathetic in principle to the idea of rural reform. None of these agrarian-oriented New Dealers, however, had any experience with agriculture in the South. This fact was to cause them some unexpected trouble and concern.