The Bismarck Tribune:
Late at night buried in legal briefs, Sarah Vogel occasionally took a moment to contemplate the magnitude of the lawsuit she had filed seeking to help farmers facing foreclosure.
“I should be keeping a diary,” she thought.
But she had no time, especially as more and more farmers added their names to the 1983 class action suit. In all, 240,000 joined from across the country.
Instead of a diary, Vogel hung onto every slip of paper related to the case: notes from phone calls, bills she needed to pay and drafts of court documents she planned to file. She revisited them over the past few years to write a book, “The Farmer’s Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm,” which comes out Tuesday.
Vogel used to store the records in her attic in Bismarck, but she donated them about 20 years ago for the public’s use.
“I thought a historian would go over to the State Archives one day and write a book about the ’80s farm depression, and no one did,” she said.
So, Vogel decided to write the book herself.