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“Like a Thick Wall”: Blocking Farm Auctions in Iowa.

Nation magazine reporter Ferner Nuhn witnessed such an auction sale in Iowa and described this practice in March 1933. These efforts saved the livelihood of many South Dakota and Iowa farmers who were devastated by the depression, but they were not enough. Between 1930 and 1935, about 750,000 farms were lost through foreclosure and bankruptcy sales.

Picture of Ferner and Ferner with Ruth, shortly after their marriage in 1929.

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