Episode #155: History of the Farmer’s Union

Tom Giessel, honorary historian of the National Farmer’s Union, joins host Frank Aragona for a discussion of the history of the Farmer’s Union. Tom begins with the origins of the Union in the early 20th century amongst cotton farmer’s in Texas. He explains the importance of community organizing and collaboration in an age where farmers had to help one another to survive and prosper. Tom then describes the impact the technological revolution of the 20th century had on the Farmer’s Union, and also shares the the ideas of visionary leaders throughout the Union’s history. Also discussed is the role of Farmer’s Union in the conservation crisis of the 1930’s. Part I of II.

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