A Good Day's Work: An Iowa Farm in the Great Depression

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Despite beautiful landscapes and bountiful harvests, farming is hard work and always has been. The Great Depression in rural America, which began in the 1920s and lasted until World War II, made it still harder. At a time when tractors were replacing horses and the family farm was giving way to the large, single-crop enterprise, the struggle to survive and modernize in a period of economic scarcity was especially sharp. In A Good Day's Work, Dwight Hoover, who grew up on an Iowa farm in this era, recalls the ...

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Overview

Despite beautiful landscapes and bountiful harvests, farming is hard work and always has been. The Great Depression in rural America, which began in the 1920s and lasted until World War II, made it still harder. At a time when tractors were replacing horses and the family farm was giving way to the large, single-crop enterprise, the struggle to survive and modernize in a period of economic scarcity was especially sharp. In A Good Day's Work, Dwight Hoover, who grew up on an Iowa farm in this era, recalls the events of day-to-day life on a single farm, offering detailed descriptions of daily work in each of the year's four seasons. A Good Day's Work is a fascinating if grim reminder of what it was like to be a child with adult responsibilities. Mr. Hoover's unusual memoir recalls the rough edges as well as the happy moments of rural life. It is an honest re-creation of a world that was vanishing.

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Editorial Reviews

American Profile
Poignant, personal and riveting in its warts-and-all recollections of chores, school and the everyday infrastructure of rural life, A Good Day's Work will take you back to a time and place that fade a little more into America's forgotten past with each passing generation.
Manhattan Mercury
Hoover does an exemplary job of recreating a vanished world. . . . A high quality book. . . . A 'must read to enjoy' book.
Farmjournal
Will captivate anyone interested in agricultural history or in the way their grandparents lived.
— Darrell Smith
Indiana Magazine Of History
Richly detailed accounting of the ways of another time. A fine memoir.
Dtn Online
One of the best accidental economists I have ever encountered.
— Adam Erwin
The Historian
A lucid and highly effective history of farm life that will be of immense value both to lay readers and to professional historians.
— Peter Fearon
Indiana Magazine of History
Richly detailed accounting of the ways of another time. A fine memoir.
Gilbert Cranberg
Absorbing picture of the skills and privation that went into the making of both a person and a way of life.
Richard Quinney
The most detailed and artful telling of family farming that I have read. . . . A valuable contribution to agricultural history.
R. Douglas Hurt
A delightful read. . . . A poignant record of an agricultural age that will never return.
Farmjournal - Darrell Smith
Will captivate anyone interested in agricultural history or in the way their grandparents lived.
Dtn Online - Adam Erwin
One of the best accidental economists I have ever encountered.
The Historian - Peter Fearon
A lucid and highly effective history of farm life that will be of immense value both to lay readers and to professional historians.
The Mahattan Mercury
Hoover does an exemplary job of recreating a vanished world...a high quality book....a 'must read to enjoy' book.
Herald-Tribune
I found that Hoover's book produced ... curiosity and longing to have experienced a real family farm. ... Anyone with an interest in history or farming or nostalgia would like Hoover's book.
—Linda Brandt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637022
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 795,018
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Dwight Hoover is emeritus professor of history and emeritus director of the Center for Middletown Studies at Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana. He lives with his wife in Sarasota, Florida.

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