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College Scholars: 'Rage of the Rural Minority: Farmer Activism and the Great Plains Farm Crisis of the Late 20th Century'

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, March 28, 2018
Hudson Auditorium
Conferences & Lectures

Professor Jim Leiker, History, will present this talk concerning minority issues in rural Kansas from the 1920s to the late 20th century.

Hard economic times during the 1970s and 1980s transformed family farmers into activists. Employing the language and strategies of recent civil rights movements, farm protesters organized new groups like the American Agriculture Movement, drove their tractors to Washington, D.C., and redefined themselves as a shrinking, oppressed minority. Others embraced radical libertarianism, evident in the popularity of radical anti-government organizations like Posse Comitatus. In the process, farm activists of Kansas and the Plains region lent a new, aggressive face to modern conservatism.

A reception follows the presentation at 8 p.m. in the Regnier Center Atrium.