Department of Rural Sociology
The relief situation in South Dakota is due primarily to drought and only indirectly due to the nation-wide depression Rainfall has been below normal for every year except two since 1923, and during one of these years barely reached normal. The period January 1, 1930 to January 1, 1934 climaxes the longest period of drought the State has seen since weather bureau records have been kept. One can safely conclude that the state would have needed relief in the year 1933 had there been no depression. It is true that the preceding years of drouth and depression had exhausted reserves, thus expanding relief needs to unusual proportions.
New Deal Rural Relief Program, rural depression assistance
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
Landis, P.H., "Rural Relief in South Dakota, with Special Attention to Rural Relief Families under the New Deal Rural Relief Program" (1934). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 289.