Lecture 7:  The Farmer Is the Man

 

Statement of purpose

 

Outline of Lecture

Introduction:  Farm Boy Historian

Ecology and Agrarianism

Agriculture is a loaded question. On the Great Plains, discussion of agriculture takes place in the context of ideas about ecology and conservation. This discussion, too, is layered onto an older, more generally American discourse having to do with family farming and the virtues of an agrarian society.

Transforming the Land

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I Love to Tell the Story

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Roads Not Taken

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Fixing Problems

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Redevelopment

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Assignments

WWW

TBA

Reading

Thinking About the Great Plains

Sandoz, Mari. “The Kinkaider Comes and Goes: Memories of an Adventurous Childhood in the Sandhills of Nebraska,” North American Review 229 (April 1930): 431-42, (May 1930): 576-83.

The Great Plains at the Grassroots

Immigrants' Guide to the Most Fertile Lands of Kansas, ca. 1880

A Handbook of Information for Immigrants and Settlers

Homestead Act, 1862

Homestead File for Charles Ingalls, 1880-86

George Anthony, Grasshoppers Received Correspondence, 1877-79

Selected Bibliography

Fite, The Farmer’s Frontier

Isern, Bull Threshers and Bindlestiffs

Cunfer, On the Great Plains

Film

O Pioneers!

 

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