Democratic Party Platform of 1964

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Rural America

The roots of our economy and our life as a people lie deep in the soil of America’s farm land. Our policies and programs must continue to recognize the significant role of agricultural and rural life.

To achieve the goals of higher incomes to the farm and ranch, particularly the family-sized farm, lower prices for the consumer, and lower costs to the government, we will continue to carry forward this three-dimensional program.

1. Commodity Programs to strengthen the farm income structure and reach the goal of parity of income in every aspect of American agriculture. We will continue to explore and develop new domestic and foreign markets for the products of our farms and ranches.

2. Consumer Programs including expansion of the Food Stamp Program and the school lunch and other surplus food programs, and acceleration of research into new industrial uses of farm products, in order to assure maximum use of and abundance of wholesome foods at fair prices here and abroad. We will also study new low-cost methods and techniques of food distribution for the benefit of our housewives to better feed their families.

3. Community Programs and agricultural cooperatives to assure rural America decent housing, economic security and full partnership in the building of the great society. We pledge our continued support of the rural telephone program and the Rural Electrification Administration, which are among the great contributions of the Democratic Party to the well-being and comfort of rural America.

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Chicago: "Rural America," Democratic Party Platform of 1964 in Donald B. Johnson, Ed. National Party Platforms, 1840–1976. Supplement 1980. (Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois), P.647 Original Sources, accessed August 12, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5116L3JH1WQAMRV.

MLA: . "Rural America." Democratic Party Platform of 1964, in Donald B. Johnson, Ed. National Party Platforms, 1840–1976. Supplement 1980. (Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois), P.647, Original Sources. 12 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5116L3JH1WQAMRV.

Harvard: , 'Rural America' in Democratic Party Platform of 1964. cited in , Donald B. Johnson, Ed. National Party Platforms, 1840–1976. Supplement 1980. (Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois), P.647. Original Sources, retrieved 12 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5116L3JH1WQAMRV.