Synopses & Reviews
"Anyone who wants a thorough understanding of the history of the region must read this book." --R. Douglas Hurt, author of Problems of Plenty: The American
Farmer in the Twentieth Century
This meticulously researched book tells the story of Midwestern agriculture during a period of epochal change in farm technology, farm management, and farm life. The hard work, tight communities, and values that had characterized the family farm were replaced by large corporate enterprises with massive acreages, high-tech methods, and global outlooks. While many decry this change as loss, Nordin and Scott find a net gain. This is their richly detailed account of one of the great transformations in American life.
About the Author
Dennis S. Nordin is author of Rich Harvest: A History of the Grange, 1867-1900.
Roy V. Scott, Emeritus Professor of History at Mississippi State University, is author of The Agrarian Movement in Illinois, 1880-1896.
Table of Contents
List of Tables
Foreword by John Lee
1. The Land and the People at the Turn of the Century
2. A Gold-Plated Age of Midwest Farming, 19001920
3. A Defining Era of Adjustment and Reality, 19201932
4. Permanent Impacts of Depression and War on Agriculture, 19331945
5. Scientific and Technological Advances in Agriculture, 19002000
6. Farmers as a Declining Minority, 19451970
7. Farmers' Survivals as Entrepreneurs, 19702000