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American Agriculture Movement protest in Washington, D. C.

American Agriculture Movement protest in Washington, D. C.
Creator: Anderson, Marsha
Date: February 05, 1979
A photograph of a burned tractor near the capitol in Washington, D.C. Vernon Deines and others from Kansas transported the tractor to Washington and set it on fire as part of the American Agriculture Movement protesting unfair crop prices. On February 5, 1979, thousands of farmers and tractors converged on the city. Before the day was out, 19 farmers had been arrested, 17 tractors impounded, and police had penned the farmers into an involuntary prison camp on the Washington Mall.


Tractorcade, Topeka, Kansas

Tractorcade, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: O'Toole, Donald J
Date: January 1979
Aerial photographs showing participants in the 1979 tractorcade as it drove through Topeka, Kansas. Kansas family farmers joined the tractorcade as it traveled to Washington D.C. to protest American farm policy. Convoys of tractors from as far away as Colorado and the Dakotas drove eastward, traveling at a mere 14 miles per hour.


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