Erb, Melvin 2015-05-07

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This interview features Melvin and Sherily Erb as they discuss Melvin’s involvement with the American Agriculture movement. In this interview, Melvin describes his discontent with the way policies towards agriculture have been moving since the 1970s.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Melvin Erb

Additional Parties Recorded: Sherily Erb

Date: May 7, 2015

Location: Alma, Kansas

Interviewer: Andy Wilkinson

Length: 02:35:22 (2 hours, 35 minutes)


Basic information; How Melvin got involved with American Agriculture; Hospital, hip operation; Learning about and participating in the AAM; Growing out his beard as a form of protest; What the Tractorcade accomplished; participating after the Tractorcade; Preparing for another audit; Farm claims; Will there be another farm movement; Selling off his land; Archives keeping information; The Kinsley Library and the Museum of American Ag; Water witching; Participation in the alcohol plant; wind energy

Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital audio

Recording Format Notes: audio CD recording available for listening in our Reading Room

Transcript: forthcoming

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