Country Life Commission Hearings

January 1, 1908
Library of Congress
The Rural Credits movement began when President Theodore Roosevelt’s Country Life Commission held some 30 hearings nationwide to study agricultural problems. Farmers, educators, local businessmen and community leaders raised common issues including sanitation, roads, education, cooperation—and, on some occasions, lack of credit. Included are notes from hearings held in Lexington, Kentucky; Spokane, Washington; and Denver, Colorado.