Buckley Old Engine Show Trivia Contest
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The following is the next trivia question along with the prior question’s answer, history, and the winner information!!
What is this type of boiler called?
The eleventh person to email the correct answers to [email protected]
Congratulations to Jim Lautner of Cedar, Michigan. Jim won a 2020 Buckley calendar for being the eighth person to correctly answer the September 2019 Buckley trivia contest question.
Question: In 1979 thousands of farmer and over 600 tractors converged on the National Mall in Washington DC to participate in the February 5, 1979, American Agriculture Movement “_____________” protest. What was the name of the protest?
History: In 1979 thousands of farmers and over 600 Tractors converged on the National Mall in Washington DC to participate in the February 5, 1979, American Agriculture Movement Tractorcade protest.
The American Agriculture Movement (AAM) was organized in the fall of 1977 in response to a growing farm crisis. The 1977 Farm Bill had ignited concerns for many farmers who believed the bill would adversely affect farm income by lowering commodity prices to less than the cost of production. Gerald McCathern coordinated the DC demonstration, hoping to bring the desperate financial situation facing American farmers to the attention of Congress.
The protesting farmer occupied the National Mall for weeks, demanding more pay for crops & lobbying for an increased role in agricultural policy decisions. An unsympathetic Washington billed the farmer as a nuisance that was costing taxpayers an estimated $1 million in tractor damage to the National Mall. There were considerable damage and scuffles with police, a tractor was even burned on the national mall in effigy.
Tides turn on Presidents’ Day weekend when a blizzard hits, covering the city in two feet of snow. The farmers, in possession of some of the only vehicles able to move, rose to the occasion & helped dig out Washington DC. They plowed out hundreds of cars & aided stranded citizens. They transported doctors & nurses to hospitals, where the wives of AAM farmers helped cook & clean became regular staff was unable to get to work. Twenty-two inched & a whole lot of goodwill turned these agitators into heroes.
During their weeks on the National Mall, farmers frequented the Smithsonian museums, taking refuge from the cold winter days and eating lunch in the cafeterias. In 1986, the American Agricultural Movement donated one of the tractors from the 1979 Tractorcade to the National Museum of American History. Since those times, the AAM plays a key role in agricultural policymaking in Washington DC.
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