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Agriculture in Illinois oral history project

Repository: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Collection Description (CRHP): Interviews with Mike Latting, John & Ida Thurman, and Lloyd Johnson suggest the challenges and choices faced by black farmers in rural areas. Lloyd Johnson joined a black farmers' lawsuit against the USDA in 1990 and later served on the State FSA Committee; he is also the first black highway commissioner in his county.

Collection Description (Extant): Agriculture is central to the story of Illinois, and for that reason, this is one of our highest priority projects. In this collection you will find interviews that address nearly every aspect of agriculture in the state, not just corn, soybean and livestock production, but also an amazing array of crops and commodities and a rich diversity of professions and outlooks. We've interviewed scores of farmers and farm families, but you will also find interviews with Future Farmer of America members, extension agents, university professors, researchers, farm leaders, government officials and broadcasters. There is something for every one and every interest.

Access Copy Note: Access to video segments and transcripts is available from the "A-V Barn" at the collection URL.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 2007-

Digital Status: Yes

Extent: digital video, transcripts

Language: English

Physical Location: Springfield, Illinois

Interviewees: Mike Latting, John Thurma, Ida Thurman, Lloyd Johnson

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American farmers
African Americans--Illinois
Civil rights--Cases
Communal living
United States. Dept. of Agriculture


Sound recordings


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