Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
Edward Amend, Advisor
National Farmers' Holiday Association (U.S.); National Farmers' Union (U.S.)
The Farmer's Holiday Association (FHA) was a short-lived phenomenon in Depression-era history. It arose out of the National Farmers Union, the most powerful farm organization of the immediate post-World War I era. While the main goal of the FHA was noble, cost of production guarantees were probably unattainable. Additionally, the method used try and attain this goal was questionable. Furthermore, the movement took on a life 1 of its own. For the most part, most of the activities took place in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska, with significantly less activity taking place in eastern Iowa.
In this paper, the background conditions and major developments of the farm revolts of 1932-1933 will be examined. The paper will then go on to document the activities of the FHA in eastern Iowa as reported by the major daily paper of the region, the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Finally, an examination of possible reasons why the withholding movement did not take off in eastern Iowa will be made.
Date of Award
Department of History
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©1996 Joel Dinger
Dinger, Joel, "The Farmers' Holiday Association in Eastern Iowa, 1932-1933" (1996). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 49.