The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
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: http://www.alplm.org/oral_history/agriculture/agriculture_in_Illinois.html
Digital Status: Yes
Extent: digital video, transcripts
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
United States. Dept. of Agriculture