Harder Than Hardscrabble

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A firsthand view of Texas farming life before World War II.
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A firsthand view of Texas farming life before World War II.
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Agricultural History - Ricky Floyd Dobbs
Harder than Hardscrabble is a contribution to scholarly understanding of the rigors of a past lifestyle that remains remarkably close to us in time. Lay readers, especially those interested in farm life or Texas history, will enjoy the humanity and stories of Sitton's subjects.
Southwestern Historical Quarterly - Gene Preuss
Harder than Hardscrabble brings new life to Central Texas communities otherwise lost to history, and is an important contribution to the history of early-twentieth-century rural life in Texas.
Agricultural History
Harder than Hardscrabble is a contribution to scholarly understanding of the rigors of a past lifestyle that remains remarkably close to us in time. Lay readers, especially those interested in farm life or Texas history, will enjoy the humanity and stories of Sitton's subjects.
— Ricky Floyd Dobbs
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Harder than Hardscrabble brings new life to Central Texas communities otherwise lost to history, and is an important contribution to the history of early-twentieth-century rural life in Texas.
— Gene Preuss
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Meet the Author

THAD SITTON is an independent scholar and writer in Austin, Texas. Among his ten other books on Texas history are three winners of the Texas Historical Commission’s T.R. Fehrenbach “best book” award.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter One. Introduction: Lost Worlds

Chapter Two. Homeplaces
Lay of the Land
Chores
Gardens, Home-Use Field Crops, Fodder Crops
Domestic Livestock
Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, and Gathering
Medical Self-Help and Town Doctors

Chapter Three. Money Crops
Cotton and Other Crops
Cash-Crop Livestock
Minor Money Crops
Part-Time Cash Labor for Others
Peddlers and Country Stores
Visits to Town

Chapter Four. Settlements
Country Schools
School Entertainments
Family Visits
The Sporting Life
House Parties and Dances
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Churches and Religious Life

Chapter Five. Modernizations and the Takeover
Communication Breakthroughs
Roads and Automobiles
Government Programs and the Takeover

Epilogue: Sixty Years Afterward
Appendix: The Fort Hood Oral History Project
Selected Bibliography
Index

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