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- DescriptionIn 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 ecomy. 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 in the struggle 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.
- Author BiographyMelissa Walker is an associate professor of history at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
- PrizesWinner of Southern Association for Women Historians Willie Lee Rose Prize 2001.
- Author(s)Melissa Walker
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication22/07/2002
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleRevisiting Rural America
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note13, 13 black & white illustrations
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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