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AAM participants recall 1979 tractorcade

The American Agriculture Movement’s ‘tractorcade’ to Washington, D.C., was an eye-opening event that changed the lives of many of its participants.

That sentiment and others were shared Wednesday and Thursday when veterans of AAM met in Lubbock and a farm near Ropesville.

Larry Mitchell, who joined AAM as one of its first staff members, said the organization has a rich and colorful history.

‘It’s much easier to understand our legacy if we connect the dots,’ Mitchell said Wednesday at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock.

The movement had as many as 2.5 million members who came  from all political backgrounds. Not all of them were farmers.

He described it as an ‘organic, spontaneous’ movement that drew no corporate support.

‘You were the best there ever was,’ Mitchell said. ‘I cannot think of a group that did as much so quickly.’

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