Born in the Country: A History of Rural America

Born in the Country: A History of Rural America

by David B. Danbom
     
 

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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

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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421402901
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/29/2010
Series:
Revisiting Rural America
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,319,048
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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