The American Experience: Season 7, Episode 6

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern (16 Jan. 1995)

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Struggling to keep the family farm in the family.

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The Jordan family has farmed in Iowa for generations. But the farm crisis of the 1980s and 1990s catches up with them, and they are in danger of losing the farm. One of the daughters, a documentary filmmaker, comes back home to document the extraordinary efforts the family makes to keep their farm. Written by yortsnave

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Not just a story of failure
28 July 2003 | by (Palo Alto, California) – See all my reviews

Having grown up in the midwest, and having personally witnessed several "midwesterns" take place, this film reminded me again of the difficult life of the American farmer. We watch as generations of farmers are forced to give up their land and their livelihood, victims of the ever-changing agricultural marketplace. Their situation seems progressively more desperate, but at the end we see that though their farm has been taken, their dignity remains intact. They continue to live their lives - with changes, of course - but their strength as a family never was stronger. One can imagine that years from now, they will continue to be a permanent fixture on the rural American landscape.


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