Originally published in 1990. The stories of the homesteaders, ranchers, and farm women included in this anthology describe both the ordinary and the extraordinary. The writers discuss many different aspects of rural life such as farming techniques, religious beliefs, and politics. They also explore such situations as near-starvation during a blizzard, the destruction of crops and the dispossession of a farm family during a drought. This title will be of interest to students of history and rural studies.
List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. "Planting a Garden" Buffalobird-woman 2. Life on Long Prairie Charlotte Ouisconsin Van Cleve 3. "God Was Good to His Immigrants" Melissa Genett Moore 4. "Well, We Stuck" Jennie Stoughton Osborn 5. Her Father’s Right-Hand Man Adele Orpen 6. "I Want to Write about My Days of Slower Progress" Alice Dahlin Lund 7. Sentenced to the Prairie Mary Larrabee 8. "A Farm Is Such a Hard Place for a Woman" Laura Ingalls Wilder 9. Building Leslieville, Alberta Mary C. Bailey 10. Farming in Iowa Ada Mae Brown Brinton 11. "I Have Planted Flowers Everywhere" Elinore Pruitt Stewart 12. Two Young Women Homesteaders Edith Eudora Kohl 13. "Wild with Heat and Thirst" Anna Langhorne Waltz 14. "There Was Something Clean and Sweet about the Harvest" Era Bell Thompson 15. "I Intend to Stick" Hilda Rose 16. "Growing Things from the Soil Is Bliss" Annie Pike Greenwood 17. "Starved, Stalled, and Stranded" Meridel LeSeuer 18. A "Textbook Farmer" Grace Fairchild 19. Epilogue: Framing in the 1980s Lynn Spielman Dummer; Index
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 1990, draw together research by leading academics in the area of the rural history and provide an examination of related key issues. The volumes examine social change in rural communities approaching the industrial revolution, whilst also providing an overview of the history of rural populations in England, France, Germany, Mexico and the United States. This set will be of particular interest to students of history, business and economics.