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Southern Farmers and Their Stories: Memory and Meaning in Oral History

Melissa Walker


The industrial expansion of the twentieth century brought with it a profound shift away from traditional agricultural modes and practices in the American South. The forces of economic modernity—specialization, mechanization, and improved efficiency—swept through southern farm communities, leaving significant upheaval in their wake. In an attempt to comprehend the complexities of the present and prepare for the uncertainties of the future, many southern farmers searched for order and meaning in their memories of the past. This book explores the ways in which a diverse array of farmers remember ... More

Keywords: American South, economic modernity, specialization, mechanization, efficiency, southern farmers, communities, agriculture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780813124094
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124094.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Walker, author