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Working the Garden

by William Conlogue The University of North Carolina Press (January 14, 2003)

In 1860 farmers accounted for 60 percent of the American workforce; in 1910, 30.5 percent; by 1994, there were too few to warrant a separate census category. The changes wrought by the decline of family farming...


Fertile Ground, Narrow Choices

by Rebecca Sharpless The University of North Carolina Press (October 12, 2005)

Rural women comprised the largest part of the adult population of Texas until 1940 and in the American South until 1960. On the cotton farms of Central Texas, women's labor was essential. In addition to working...


Prairie Patrimony

by Sonya Salamon The University of North Carolina Press (February 01, 2014)

Drawing on a decade-long ethnographic study of seven Illinois farming communities, Salamon demonstrates how family land transfers serve as the mechanism fro recreating the social relations fundamental to midwestern...


Mama Learned Us to Work

by Lu Ann Jones The University of North Carolina Press (October 16, 2003)

Farm women of the twentieth-century South have been portrayed as oppressed, worn out, and isolated. Lu Ann Jones tells quite a different story in Mama Learned Us to Work. Building upon evocative oral histories,...


A World of Its Own

by Matt Garcia The University of North Carolina Press (January 27, 2010)

Tracing the history of intercultural struggle and cooperation in the citrus belt of Greater Los Angeles, Matt Garcia explores the social and cultural forces that helped make the city the expansive and diverse...


Cutting Into the Meatpacking Line

by Deborah Fink The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

The nostalgic vision of a rural Midwest populated by independent family farmers hides the reality that rural wage labor has been integral to the region's development, says Deborah Fink. Focusing on the porkpacking...


Mixed Harvest

by Hal S. Barron The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Mixed Harvest explores rural responses to the transformation of the northern United States from an agricultural society into an urban and industrial one. According to Hal S. Barron, country people from New England...


The Transformation of Rural Life

by Jane Adams The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

Jane Adams focuses on the transformation of rural life in Union County, Illinois, as she explores the ways in which American farming has been experienced and understood in the twentieth century. Reconstructing...