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Everett Luoma has covered the farm and political movement in this part of the country with more than the usual accuracy and in a very interesting manner.
The manner in which he has treated his subject should bring forward thoughts from the rank and file about the unfavorable conditions that exist today on the farms and in the political movement.
Elmer A. Benson Former Governor of Minnesota – Appleton, Minnesota
I feel greatly indebted to Everett E. Luoma for documenting this gigantic farm struggle of the past. In my mind, history will never record a movement that had more sympathy and the backing of the farmers more completely than did the Farmers Holiday Association. In each community the organization was completely dominated by local individuals. The methods of struggle seemed instinctive and required no guidance from the top. Aggressive, dynamic and democratic personalities guided the activities of the Holiday movement. It was, in fact a most striking example of a grass-roots organization at its best.
This book is a short resume of the many dramatic and decisive aspects of this interesting, true-to-life document, told in an honest serious and enlightening manner. If the experiences gained in that struggle could be utilized by the farmers of today, there is no question in my mind but that the solution to the farm problem would simply be a formality that we would take in stride.
It is to this end, that the experiences of the past shall be the stepping stones to a progressive future for the farmer, that I most sincerely ask: ‘Won’t you please read this most instructive book?’ The Farmer Takes a Holiday relates a most pleasing experience in rural sociology; since I was a very active participant in many of the events the book relates, this document ended my lifelong search for an individual dedicated to reporting the farm struggle of the 1930’s honestly and seriously.
John Enestvedt, former Publicity Chairman, National Farmers Organization, 6th District Minnesota
This important volume interestingly details the National Farmers’ Holiday Association movement of the 1930’s, with particular emphasis on methods which can be related to today’s farm problem.
As an economic analysis of this first rural-protest movement, this book places particular emphasis on the Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota and its defense of the principle of independent farmer-labor political action.
This could not be more timely; for today, as in the 1930’s, the economic condition of the farmer in America borders on disaster. Here we have a careful comparison of the methods of the national Farmers’ Holiday Association of the 1930’s with the methods of today’s National Farmers Organization. Nowhere else can this information be gleaned, except in the pages of old newspapers.
The book presents a fascinating analysis in-depth of the role of government of political leaders, and of the average farmer; and a comparison of the role of the Farmer-Labor Party candidates and officeholders in Minnesota with the part played by Democratic and Republican office-holders in other states vis-a-vis the farm problem.
The National Farmers’ Holiday Association and the National Farmers Organization are the two organized groups that defended the farmer. Because the Farmers’ Holiday Association was victorious, Everett Luoma describes here the social conditions that created it and analyzes the tactics used. The author unequivocally outlines his belief that a political movement based on the economic interests of farmers is the requisite for permanent victory.
The Farmer Takes a Holiday, its style clear and readable, makes available in one volume a thorough assessment of the original rural protest movement – material sharply relevant today. This is a vigorous account of an active time in our history. It is a record of an important contribution to America.