The American Agriculture Movement grew out of the populist agrarian protests of the late 1970s. Officially chartered in August of 1977, it remains active. Materials in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library reflect principally its formation, the tractorcade protests of 1977-1979, and the farm and rural suicide hotline prevention efforts of the 1980s. Materials include oral history interviews, photographs, video and film, and miscellaneous papers.

Recent Submissions

  • Elvin Wilson oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Wilson, Elvin (2015-08-25)
    This interview features Elvin Wilson. Wilson discusses his life as a farmer in West Texas and his involvement in the National Famers Organization and the American Agriculture Movement. Wilson also recounts his experience ...
  • Melvin and Sherily Erb oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Erb, Melvin; Erb, Sherily (2015-05-07)
    Melvin and Sherily Erb discuss their involvement with the American Agriculture Movement. Melvin describes his discontent with agricultural policies since the 1970s.
  • Stephen Anderson oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Anderson, Stephen (2015-05-06)
    This interview features Stephen Anderson as he discusses his involvement with the American Agriculture Movement. In this interview, Stephen describes the time he spent fighting for American agriculture and against corporate ...
  • Scott Flippo, David Heiens, Donna Riffel, Neil Tischhouser group oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Flippo, Scott; Heins, David; Riffel, Donna; Tischhouser, Neil (2015-05-06)
    This interview features Scott Flippo, David Heiens, Donna Riffel, Niel Tischhouser as they discuss the Tractorcade and farm movement that they participated in.
  • Don Presley oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Presley, Don (2014-06-18)
    This interview features Don Presley recalling events revolving around the American Agriculture Movement and life on the farm during the War years.
  • Harvey Joe Sanner oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Sanner, Harvey Joe (2014-01-05)
    This interview features Harvey Joe Sanner, Arkansas farmer and activist in the American Agriculture Movement of the late 1970s and 1980s. Mr. Sanner discusses the Farm Crisis, the birth of the American Agriculture Movement ...
  • David Senter oral history interview 

    Senter, David (2014-01-05)
    David Senter describles his experiences with the American Agriculture Movement and Farm Aid.
  • Glen Wallace oral history interview. 

    Wilkinson, Andy.; Wallace, Glen. (2013-05-08)
    Dr. Glen Wallace of Oklahoma discusses his long career as a counselor and therapist and his time spent counseling farmers during the Farm Crisis of the 1970s and 80s.
  • Fred Lundgren oral history interview 

    Lundgren, Fred (2013-06-13)
    Online transcript of oral history interview with Fred Lundgren. Fred was interviewed at the Comfort Inn in Lubbock, Texas, on June 13, 2013 by Andy Wilkinson. This interview occurred during an American Agriculture Movement ...
  • Kolleen and Gerald McCathern oral history interview 

    Marshall, David.; McCathern, Gerald.; McCathern, Kolleen. (Southwest Collection, 2013-06-13)
    This interview features Kolleen McCathern and her personal experiences with the 1979 Tractorcade to Washington, D.C.
  • Lola Mask oral history interview 

    Mask, Lola, Interviewee; Marshall, David, 1959---Interviewer. (Southwest Collection, 2013-06-13)
    This interview features Lola Mask; a native of Richland Springs, Texas. Lola discusses her upbringing on a farm, working in agriculture, and her involvement in the American Agriculture Movement. Lola recounts her multiple ...
  • Steve Close oral history interview 

    Close, Steve, interviewee. (2013-06-27)
  • Mona Lee Brock, Ron Brock, and Joel Morton oral history interview. 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Brock, Ron.; Brock, Mona Lee.; Wallace, Glen.; Morton, Joel. (2014-04-08)
  • T.G. Caraway oral history interview. 

    Caraway, T. G., 1963- interviewee.; Wilkinson, Andy, interviewer. (2010-11-26)
    T.G. Caraway was born in West Texas and spent most of his life there. He speaks about his musical background and being a political activist throughout his life.
  • Harold Bob Bennett oral history interview. 

    Bennett, Harold Bob, 1951- interviewee.; Wilkinson, Andy, interviewer. (2010-06-14)
    Harold Bob Bennett was a member of the American Agriculture Movement and talks about what he experienced in the movement and its overall effects on farming then and now.
  • Gerald McCathern oral history interview. 

    McCathern, Gerald, 1926- interviewee.; Wilkinson, Andy, interviewer. (2010-03-23)
    Gerald McCathern, a veteran of the U.S. Army, studied at Texas Tech and majored in geology. He made a career farming with his brother and father and became a member of the American Agriculture Movement. He participated in ...