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        Economic and Political Factors that Led to the 1980s Farm Crisis

        In the 1980s, thousands of American farmers were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight. This gallery of video clips focuses on the economic and political factors that led to the 1980s Farm Crisis.

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        Overview: 1980s Farm Crisis | 1

        This segment is part of the The Farm Crisis documentary, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s. Thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

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        Causes: 1980s Farm Crisis | 2

        This segment is part of the The Farm Crisis documentary, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s. Thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

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        The 1970s See Good Times in Agriculture: 1980s Farm Crisis | 3

        This segment is part of the The Farm Crisis documentary, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s. Thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

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        The Crisis Impacts a Variety of Farmers: 1980s Farm Crisis | 4

        This segment is part of the The Farm Crisis documentary, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s. Thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

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        Short-Lived Agriculture Boom Leads to the Crisis: 1980s Farm Crisis | 5

        This segment is part of the The Farm Crisis documentary, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s. Thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

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        Factors Leading to the Crisis: 1980s Farm Crisis | 6

        This segment is part of the The Farm Crisis documentary, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s. Thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

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        Farmers' Debts Increase: 1980s Farm Crisis | 7

        This segment is part of the The Farm Crisis documentary, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s. Thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

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