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Southern Farmers and Their StoriesMemory and Meaning in Oral History$
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Melissa Walker

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124094

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124094.001.0001

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Memory and the Nature of Transformation

Memory and the Nature of Transformation

(p.117) Chapter Three Memory and the Nature of Transformation
Southern Farmers and Their Stories


University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines rural people's recollection of the nature of the rural transformation in the American South and its impact on their daily farm work. It suggests that though rural southerners shared a community of memory, their accounts of transformation varied widely by gender, race, class, and especially generation. The pre-war generation grew up believing that farming was a means of making a living and the major transforming force for them was farm mechanization. For the post-war generation, the major challenges include weather and domestic market uncertainties, rapid technological change, and competition from global markets.

Keywords:   rural transformation, rural people, American South, farm work, farm mechanization, market uncertainties, weather uncertainties, technological change, global competition

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