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Problems of Plenty: The American Farmer in the Twentieth Century (American Ways Series)

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ISBN-13: 978-1566634625
ISBN-10: 1566634628
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American agriculture in the twentieth century is the story of farmers' dependency on the federal government, Hurt posits in this latest volume in the American Ways series. His book is divided into six segments. The first, on the progressive era, deals with the period between 1900 and the end of World War I in what Hurt calls the age of prosperity, a time in which farmers looked to the government to bring abusive corporate practices under control. The second, called the age of uncertainty, chronicles the postwar era with its new technology and the creation of the American Farm Bureau Federation that pressured Congress for aid. Next came the Roosevelt era and the Depression, which brought about legislation that provided both immediate relief and long-term recovery. The three remaining segments examine post-World War II prosperity and decline; farm policy under President Kennedy; and the era of subsidies and genetically modified crops at the end of the century. A thorough treatment. George Cohen
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A very solid, readable history. (CHOICE)

Packed with information and insights and emphasizing the many roles of the federal government. (Richard S. Kirkendall, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor Emeritus, University of Washington)

By far the best concise account of the American farmer's relation to the federal government in the twentieth century....Extremely valuable. (Allan G. Bogue)

Problems of Plenty is the best history of twentieth-century American agriculture I've ever read....A fine, fine book. (Peter A. Coclanis)

Well-conceived and executed...especially strong on the ambivalent relationship between farmers and the federal government. (David Danbom, North Dakota State University)

An intriguing discussion. (Midwest Book Review)

Concise but rich portrayal.... I cannot think of a better or more accessible discussion of the changing political economy of U.S. agriculture during the twentieth century. (Journal Of Economic History)

...This book delivers a tightly woven description of 'commercially oriented farmers.' (Western Historical Quarterly)

This overview of the relationship between farmers and the government during the twentieth century deserves a wide readership. (Journal Of The Illinois State Historical Society)

…A concise history of U.S. farming over the past 100 years.…A useful book for students and interested lay readers alike. (The Region)

…Masterful history…. Elegantly written synthesis…. An essential reference work… (Journal of Southern History)
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Product Details

  • Series: American Ways Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee (July 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566634628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566634625
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
In his book, Problems of Plenty: The American Farmer in the Twentieth Century, R. Douglas Hurt explores the issues surrounding farmers' dependency on government subsidies to survive. I like the book because it is organized in an orderly, reader-friendly manner and Hurt also remains neutral while using the history of farming to raise many controversial issues, but he does not cover potential solutions and is lacking important information and data on non-agricultural issues. The book does a great job explaining why farm policy is what it is today.The book was a great source for my class work and helped me to understand how some of the current farming techniques and policies were developed.
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Format: Hardcover
This survey of the problems of the American farmer in the 20th century exposes how rapid technological and scientific change brought both prosperity and new challenges to the farming community. Problems Of Plenty focuses on farmers' dependence on the federal government, the special challenges of increased productivity, and how the government handled the growing problems of surplus. An intriguing discussion.
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