Lead: Faced with a growing number of foreclosures and bank failures depression plagued Iowa farmers began taking matters into their own hands.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: As the effects of the Stock Market Crash of 1929 spread outward from the financial markets farmers and small businessmen far from the centers of power began to suffer. The passage of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff in 1930 wounded an already struggling economy. With a serious depression in the prices of agricultural products and the tariff making it harder to sell what surplus there was farmers could not pay their mortgages and banks all over the country began to foreclose on farmers and throw them off their farms.

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