All We Knew Was To Farm: Rural Women In The Upcountry South, 1919-1941 (Revisiting Rural America)

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In the years after World War I, Southern farm women found their world changing. A postwar plunge in farm prices stretched into a twenty-year agricultural depression and New Deal programs eventually transformed the economy. Many families left their land to make way for larger commercial farms. New industries and the intervention of big government in once insular communities marked a turning point i...

Series: Revisiting Rural America
Hardcover: 344 pages
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (May 11, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080186318X
ISBN-13: 978-0801863189
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 5641534
Format: PDF ePub Text djvu ebook

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This is a super book for exploring the lived experiences of women's live in the upcountry south during 1919-1941. Walker provides a rich description of the context and time period followed by topical treatments of: Making Do, Scarcity, Women's cash...



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gle of upcountry women―forcing new choices and the redefinition of traditional ways of life.Melissa Walker's All We Knew Was to Farm draws on interviews, archives, and family and government records to reconstruct the conflict between rural women and bewildering and unsettling change. Some women adapted by becoming partners in farm operations, adopting the roles of consumers and homemakers, taking off-farm jobs, or leaving the land. The material lives of rural upcountry women improved dramatically by midcentury―yet in becoming middle class, Walker concludes, the women found their experiences both broadened and circumscribed.