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.