Ordinary Genius: A Life of Arnold Platt

Ordinary Genius: A Life of Arnold Platt

by Ken Hoeppner


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Ordinary Genius: A Life of Arnold Platt by Ken Hoeppner

The development of agriculture in Alberta owes much to Arnold W. Platt, who set out to plant a seed of positive change. Whether as a plant breeder, an organizer for the Farmers' Union of Alberta, or a commissioner for the McPherson Royal Commission on Transportation, Platt applied his inventive and creative thinking to problems of rural development in twentieth century Alberta. In The Ordinary Genius, Ken Hoeppner pays homage to the accomplishments of this modest man, whose life's work continues to resonate in farmlands across the Prairies. This detailed and thoroughly researched story will appeal to western history enthusiasts, agriculture specialists, and farmers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780888644800
Publisher: University of Alberta Press
Publication date: 11/01/2003
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Calgary, Ken Hoeppner has taught at post-secondary institutions in Alberta. During the 1970s he worked with Arnold Platt on issues of land use and communal farming.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations     vi
Preface     vii
Acknowledgements     xiii
Introduction     xvii
Farmhouses, Schoolhouses, and the Quest for Home 1909-1935     1
Research, Rescue Wheat, and Recognition     39
Never a Bureaucrat: Becoming a Master of Organization and Administration     69
The Scientific Farmer and The Organized Farmer     99
Shaping the Future: Arnold Platt and Education     143
Not Made in Alberta: National and International Agricultural Politics and Policies     179
The Freedom to Serve Agriculture: Arnold Platt and the United Farmers of Alberta     207
The Servant of the People Finds His Home     235
Conclusion     273
Notes     279
References     291
Index     299

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