Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933: Failure in the First New Deal

Presenter: Nicholas Powell ’20 | Major: History

Mentor: Justin Coffey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History

Abstract: The Great Depression in the United States caused the farming economy to plummet during the 1930’s. Franklin Roosevelt and his administration signed into law the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 to fix the falling economy.  As a result, the act only harmed the American farmer causing many of them to fall further into poverty.  This paper will examine the history and legacy of the AAA and argue that the AAA was a failure and discuss how the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 caused more harm than good to American farmers.