TOWARD LEGITIMACY: THE DANCE OF LEGISLATION BEGINS
Once begin the dance of legislation, and you must struggle through its mazes as best you can to its breathless end,--if any end there be.
WOODROW WILSON1. Congressional Government
The global matrix of purposes, within which the Resettlement Administration was imbedded, also served as a seedbed for the campaign to secure legislative authorization. Although the thrust for special legislation to support the assault on chronic rural poverty was essentially a desire for greater legitimacy, the movement represented an exceedingly complex set of personal and institutional motives. A decisive congressional affirmation of principle; legislative sanction of a modest program to promote small farm ownership among qualified farmers, rather than legitimization of programs already launched; promotion of political education and participation among impoverished and impotent low-income farm families in the South; congressional constraint and delimitation of programs that had evolved primarily through executive discretion; and the winning____________________