The Farmer's Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm

The Farmer's Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm by Sarah Vogel 1635575265 9781635575262
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Sarahs story, told in her unique voice, inspires me--and Im sure it will inspire you--to fight for family farmers. --Willie Nelson

An exquisitely written American saga. --Sarah Smarsh

Remarkably well told and heartfelt. --John Grisham

The unforgettable true story of a young lawyers impossible legal battle to stop the federal government from foreclosing on thousands of family farmers.

In the early 1980s, farmers were suffering through the worst economic crisis to hit rural America since the Great Depression. Land prices were down, operating costs and interest rates were up, and severe weather devastated crops. Instead of receiving assistance from the government as they had in the 1930s, these hardworking family farmers were threatened with foreclosure by the very agency that Franklin Delano Roosevelt created to help them.

Desperate, they called Sarah Vogel in North Dakota. Sarah, a young lawyer and single mother, listened to farmers who were on the verge of losing everything and, inspired by the politicians who had helped farmers in the 30s, she naively built a solo practice of clients who couldnt afford to pay her. Sarah began drowning in debt and soon her own home was facing foreclosure. In a David and Goliath legal battle reminiscent of A Civil Action or Erin Brockovich, Sarah brought a national class action lawsuit, which pitted her against the Reagan administrations Department of Justice, in her fight for family farmers Constitutional rights. It was her first case.

A courageous American story about justice and holding the powerful to account, The Farmers Lawyer shows how the farm economy we all depend on for our daily bread almost fell apart due to the willful neglect of those charged to protect it, and what we can learn from Sarahs battle as a similar calamity looms large on our horizon once again.

Author: Sarah Vogel

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 432

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publication Date: 2021-11-02


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