Indefinite Leave

By late 1942, the WRA quietly initiated a program of resettlement.  With a labor shortage on the farms, able-bodied men and women were recruited to out on “furlough” to harvest the sugar beet crop.  The large numbers of temporary workers is said to have saved the sugar crop, brining an ample supply to the American table at a time when sugar was rationed.  

Through a volunteer  program, the Student Relocation Committee found colleges and universities in the Midwest so students whose academic career had been interrupted could continue their education.  Scholarships were provided by this Committee for many students whose families could not afford the tuition and living expenses.  Many women whose boyfriends or husbands were in the U.S. Armed Forces were allowed to join them.

Topping sugar beets.