TOWARD LEGITIMACY: THE BANKHEAD-JONES FARM TENANT ACT
Every fury on earth has been absorbed in time, as art, or as religion, or as authority in one form or another. The deadliest blow the enemy of the human soul can strike is to do fury honor. Swift, Blake, Beethoven, Christ, Joyce, Kafka, name me a one who has not been thus castrated. Official acceptance is the one unmistakable symptom that salvation is beaten again, and is the one surest sign of fatal misunderstanding, and is the kiss of Judas.
JAMES AGEE1. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
From Senate passage of S.2367 in June, 1935, until the Seventy-fifth Congress convened in January, 1937, there was an interlude of inaction for the Bankhead-Jones bills, but when the curtain rose on the second act, it revealed a differently structured situation. For the nation as a whole, many of the customary indicators-- national income, wholesale prices, unemployment, market value of stocks, production figures--suggested that the atmosphere of economic urgency was dissolving. Through the improvement of farm____________________