Born in the Country: A History of Rural America [NOOK Book]

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Born in the Country was the first—and is still the only—general history of rural America published. Ranging from pre-Columbian times to the enormous changes of the twentieth century, Born in the Country masterfully integrates agricultural, technological, and economic themes with new questions social historians have raised about the American experience—including the different experiences of whites and blacks, men and women, natives and new immigrants.

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Born in the Country: A History of Rural America

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Overview

Born in the Country was the first—and is still the only—general history of rural America published. Ranging from pre-Columbian times to the enormous changes of the twentieth century, Born in the Country masterfully integrates agricultural, technological, and economic themes with new questions social historians have raised about the American experience—including the different experiences of whites and blacks, men and women, natives and new immigrants.

In this second edition, David B. Danbom expands and deepens his coverage of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, focusing on the changes in agriculture and rural life since 1945. He discusses the alarming decline of agriculture as a productive enterprise and the parallel disintegration of farm families into demographic insignificance. In a new and provocative afterword, Danbom reflects on whether a distinctive style of rural life exists any longer.

Combining mastery of existing scholarship with a fresh approach to new material, Born in the Country continues to define the field of American rural history.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
A synthetic history of rural America that integrates the new social history with the old and new political and economic history. Focusing on farm people rather than residents of small towns, treats agriculture, rural culture and society, and agrarian policy as an inseparable web. Begins with rural Europe and pre-Columbian America; traces the fortunes of farming through the colonial and early republican periods, the Civil War and industrialization, prosperity and depression, and the New Deal; and describes the current revolution in production and rural life. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Agricultural History Review
A balanced economic, social, political, and technological history of rural America... A splendid book, rich with detail and complex in argument... A superb introduction to American history.
Staff Forum

A delightful story tracing the social history of U.S. farmers. The book details the attitudes and social life of farm people—how they looked at themselves and how the rest of society saw them.

Journal of the West
A highly readable and useful survey.

— Jeff Bremer

Agricultural History
Like the first edition, Danbom has written an accessible text for general scholarship and undergraduate courses.

— Connie L. Lester

Agricultural History Review - Allan G. Bogue
An extremely well-written narrative that presents its information accurately... Danbom's book can well serve the classroom teacher and general reader.
Journal of the West - Jeff Bremer
A highly readable and useful survey.
Agricultural History - Connie L. Lester
Like the first edition, Danbom has written an accessible text for general scholarship and undergraduate courses.
Forum
A delightful story tracing the social history of U.S. farmers. The book details the attitudes and social life of farm people—how they looked at themselves and how the rest of society saw them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421402901
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/29/2010
  • Series: Revisiting Rural America
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 893,788
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David B. Danbom is a professor of history at North Dakota State University, Fargo. His books include The Resisted Revolution: Urban America and the Industrialization of Agriculture, 1900–1930.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Rural Europe and Pre-Columbian America 1
2 The Rural Development of English North America 23
3 Maturity and Its Discontents 39
4 Agriculture and Economic Growth in the New Republic 65
5 Rural Life in the Young Nation 86
6 The Unmaking and Remaking of the Rural South 109
7 Rural America in the Age of Industrialization 132
8 Prosperity and Its Discontents 161
9 From the Best of Times to the Worst 185
10 The New Deal and Rural America 206
11 The Production Revolution and Its Consequences 233
12 Agriculture and Rural Life at the End of the Twentieth Century 253
Notes 271
Suggestions for Further Reading 277
Index 297
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