Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. William R. Petrowski


The economic collapse of 1920 stunned the Nebraska farmer with its severity. Within a few months it had jolted him from the prosperity and comforts of the middle class into the ranks of the dispossessed. As the deflation ripened into chronic depression and debt became an increasing threat to his economic survival, the farmer was confronted with a credit emergency with few parallels in history. This paper presents an overall view of the Nebraska farmer's credit needs and the response of the credit agoncies, both commercial and governmental, to those needs. Other authors have covered the myriad political and social consequences of the depression, and as far as these things concerned the Nebraska farmer's credit situation, they are included within this work.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1969, Carol A. Valdrighti

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