Lapp, John 2020-01-10

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This interview features John Lapp and his family as they discuss his past service in World War II and his farm. In this interview, Lapp begins by explaining growing up during the great Depression and Dust Bowl. He then moves on to describe his service in World War II in the Navy. Lapp then moves on to recount his involvement with the American Agriculture movement and participation in the Tractorcade. He closes the interview by discussing his adventures in the dairy farming business.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: John Lapp

Additional Parties Recorded: n/a

Date: January 10, 2020

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Monte Monroe

Length: 02:20:30 (2 hours, 20 minutes)


Introduction and background information; Depression; school; The character of his parents; His memories of the Dust Bowl; working on the farm; World War II; Facing discrimination for being Russian Germans; service in the Navy; Landing in Guadalcanal; fighting in the islands; Getting to Mindoro and getting hit by a kamikaze; Getting sent back home; Working after the war; farming; Doing dairy work and returning to farming; American Agriculture Movement; After the Tractorcade; impact of the farm crisis; Tractorcade to Washington D.C.; Traveling to Washington D.C.; arriving in D.C.; Linda Lapp’s recollection of working in an office in D.C.; soybeans; Farm Aid; renting his land; political views

Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital audio

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

Transcript: found here:

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