Born in the Country: A History of Rural America / Edition 1

Born in the Country: A History of Rural America / Edition 1

by David B. Danbom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801850401

ISBN-13: 9780801850400

Pub. Date: 06/28/1995

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801850400
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Series:
Revisiting Rural America Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1Rural Europe and Pre-Columbian America1
2The Rural Development of English North America23
3Maturity and Its Discontents39
4Agriculture and Economic Growth in the New Republic65
5Rural Life in the Young Nation86
6The Unmaking and Remaking of the Rural South109
7Rural America in the Age of Industrialization132
8Prosperity and Its Discontents161
9From the Best of Times to the Worst185
10The New Deal and Rural America206
11The Production Revolution and Its Consequences233
12Agriculture and Rural Life at the End of the Twentieth Century253
Notes271
Suggestions for Further Reading277
Index297

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