Day 136 | May 16, 2014

Dorchester County: Home agent giving demonstration on making electric lamp, June 1949.

Dorchester County: Home agent giving demonstration on making electric lamp, June 1949. Courtesy of Clemson University Special Collections.

Home demonstrations

Home demonstration agents tackled a number of challenges, including rural electrification, home management, home furnishings, the need for school lunches, nutrition, and the need for adequate libraries.

Counties formed Home Demonstration Councils, that worked diligently for food enrichment legislation of the late 1930s and early 1940s. The legislation required enrichment of corn meal, flour, rice, and grits sold in South Carolina. This legislation was an important step against malnutrition since these commodities were an integral part of the diet of low-income families throughout the state.


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