THE PAST IS PROLOGUE
Each age is a dream that is dying Or one that is coming to birth.
ARNRM O'SHAUGHNESSY1 "Ode"
In the spring of 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order which gathered together several administrative bits and pieces and consolidated them as a new federal agency to be known as the Resettlement Administration and dedicated to a campaign against chronic rural poverty in the United States. Twenty months later, he approved the transfer of the Resettlement Administration to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the summer of 1937, Congress passed and the President signed the BankheadJones Farm Tenant Act, and in September, the Resettlement Administration was transformed into the Farm Security Administration. Finally, in 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed the Farmers Home Administration Act which abolished the Farm Security Administration and created in its place a new agency called the Farmers Home Administration. Behind this cold chronology lies a significant chapter in institutional evolution. This study is a slice of that experience.____________________