The Land Remembers

The Story of a Farm and Its People
Author: Ben Logan
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
ISBN: 9781559717182
Category: Nature
Page: 277
View: 2205
The author recalls his childhood growing up on a farm in Wisconsin

A Thousand Pieces of Paradise

Landscape and Property in the Kickapoo Valley
Author: Lynne Heasley
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299213935
Category: Nature
Page: 248
View: 603
A Thousand Pieces of Paradise is an ecological history of property and a cultural history of rural ecosystems set in one of the Midwest’s most historically significant regions, the Kickapoo River Valley. Whether examining the national war on soil erosion, Amish migration, a Corps of Engineers dam project, or Native American land claims, Lynne Heasley traces the history of modern American property debates. Her book holds powerful lessons for rural communities seeking to reconcile competing values about land and their place in it.

New Glarus

Author: Kim D. Tschudy
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439648492
Category: Photography
Page: 128
View: 8041
New Glarus was founded in 1845 by impoverished citizens of Glarus, Switzerland. Much of Europe was in the grips of a severe depression, food was in short supply, and jobs were equally scarce. In response to this crisis, the Swiss government formed the Swiss Emigration Society. The society offered passage to America for anyone who wanted to leave Switzerland. On April 16, 1845, a ship took 193 Swiss to the United States. Four months later, on August 16, these pioneers arrived in what would become New Glarus. The founding of this community might be one of the finest examples of the best of socialism. Each settler received 20 acres of land drawn through a lottery; land could not be exchanged for something better. The oxen teams needed to work the land were communally owned. The settlers looked out for the welfare of all, providing schooling, food, shelter, and health care.

Sustaining Heart in the Heartland

Exploring Rural Spirituality
Author: Miriam Brown Op
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 9780809143191
Category: Religion
Page: 183
View: 3892
Sustaining Heart in the Heartland is a unique exploration of rural spirituality that describes how faith is lived out in the sparsely populated rural areas of the US, what it is to be people of faith and commitment in the face of daunting challenges facing the rural way of life today. Writing with authentic grass roots knowledge and experience, the authors demonstrate that the notion of rural spirituality takes on many different forms. In part one they describe characteristics and themes of rural spirituality as well as its hopes and struggles. Part two describes the roles, dynamics, spirit, and challenges of ten groups in the quilt of relationships that make up rural life, e.g., the land, families, family farming, local organizations. Part three provides three looks at the expanding identities of local congregations and includes a pastoral suggestions review. Written with a passion for rural life and a deep appreciation for rural spirituality, this book invites residents of the heartland, as well as those in ministry, clergy, and lay leaders, to work together to nurture the spiritual vigor of the rural community. It celebrates the reality of rural life's special land-God connection and the commitment to stewardship that keeps it alive.

The Farm Novel in North America

Genre and Nation in the United States, English Canada, and French Canada, 1845-1945
Author: Florian Freitag
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 1571135375
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 364
View: 1747
Provides the first history of the North American farm novel, a genre which includes John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Sheila Watson's The Double Hook, and Louis Hémon's Maria Chapdelaine.

Our Story

Author: Vivian L. Beeler
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469125900
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 678
View: 7830
Our Story 90 years, Looking Back... The world has changed so much in 90 years that I wanted to write about how they affected our lives. To let you know that we were real people that had the same emotions and feelings that you have. Ive included a little genealogy, a little history and how the things you read about in your history books affected us. Also, how the world has changed socially and morally and not always for the best. Of course this is your 90 year old Great Grandmas story and ideas.

Knut Hamsun Remembers America

Essays and Stories, 1885-1949
Author: Knut Hamsun
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826263230
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 168
View: 559
When Americans remember him at all, they no doubt think of Knut Hamsun (1859–1952) as the author of Hunger or as the Norwegian who, along with Vidkun Quisling, betrayed his country by supporting the Nazis during World War II. Yet Hamsun, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1920 for his novel The Growth of the Soil, was and remains one of the most important and influential novelists of his time. Knut Hamsun Remembers America is a collection of thirteen essays and stories based largely on Hamsun’s experiences during the four years he spent in the United States when he was a young man. Most of these pieces have never been published before in an English translation, and none are readily available. Hamsun’s feelings about America and American ways were complex. For the most part, they were more negative than positive, and they found expression in many of his writings—directly in his reminiscences and indirectly in his fiction. In On the Cultural Life of Modern America, his first major book, he portrayed the United States as a land of gross and greedy materialism, populated by illiterates who were utterly lacking in artistic originality or refinement. Although the pieces in this collection are not all anti-American, most of them emphasize the strangeness and unpleasantness, as the author saw it, of life in what he called Yankeeland. Arranged chronologically, the pieces fall into three categories: Critical Reporting, Memory and Fantasy, and Mellow Reminiscence. The Critical Reporting section includes articles that appeared in Norwegian or Danish newspapers soon after each of Hamsun’s two visits to America and that give his views on a variety of American subjects, and includes an essay devoted to Mark Twain. Memory and Fantasy comprises narratives of life in America, most of which are presented as personal experiences but which actually are blends of fact and fiction. Mellow Reminiscence includes later and fonder recollections and impressions of the United States. The pieces in this collection provide variations on a theme that runs through much of American history—European criticism of American ways. They give vivid, at times distorted, pictures of life as it was in the United States. They tell us something about the development of the worldview of a man who became a great writer, only to jeopardize his reputation by defending the Nazi oppressors of his own people. Knut Hamsun Remembers America will appeal to anyone interested in the history of American civilization or, more specifically, in the history of anti-Americanism.

Bridge over Troubled American Waters

Based on Race Division in America
Author: Eathon Gums
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1477104887
Category: Reference
Page: 177
View: 4825
Bridge Over Troubled American Waters (Based On Race Divisions in America) African - Americans have advanced individually but as a unit, we have utterly failed. Our doctrine should be not to harvest one person or outside race with leadership. It is said that it is impossible for African - Americans to come together as "one" because of our mixed breeding with other races which has left us without a race identity. There are many people who are not enjoying the pinnacles of success in America. They have been heard to say that America does not practice what it preaches pertaining to articles found in the constitution denoting to the rights of all Americans.

Purpose Beyond 2012

The Wisconsin Idea, Occupy Wall Street and Democracy's Future
Author: Wj Reichertz
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469198754
Category: Political Science
Page: 816
View: 3330
Like many Americans, Ricky Vogt was searching for a career and purpose during the fallout from America's 2008 economic implosion. At the same time the nation was searching to resolve energy, environmental, and economic problems within a dysfunctional political system. This story explains how Vogt joined his fellow Americans as they fought amongst themselves in search of a better vision. He questions how community resolves the tension between intolerance and personal liberty; between the selfishness of trickle-down economics and the ideals of spirituality and our founding documents promoting the common good. The book depicts Vogt's evolving search for better solutions and a new way forward.

Threshing in the Midwest, 1820-1940

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 2376


A New Guide to the Old Line State
Author: Earl Arnett,Robert J. Brugger,Edward C. Papenfuse
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801859809
Category: History
Page: 649
View: 1557
Now once more revised and updated—and this time fully reorganized—Maryland: A New Guide to the Old Line State emerges as a freshly appealing guidebook for native, newcomer, and visitor alike.

Africa: Continent of Economic Opportunity

Author: David Fick
Publisher: Real African Publishers
ISBN: 1919855475
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 520
View: 6361
Divided into geographic regions and representing every African nation, this comprehensive collection of case studies explores how successful business enterprises of varying size, along with community projects, help to create jobs in Africa. A valuable guide to conducting business anywhere on the continent, this account also offers information on finding business opportunities and handling oft-encountered problems.

A History of Contemporary Italy

Society and Politics, 1943-1988
Author: Paul Ginsborg
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 1403961530
Category: History
Page: 592
View: 7029
From a war-torn and poverty-stricken country, regional and predominantly agrarian, to the success story of recent years, Italy has witnessed the most profound transformation--economic, social and demographic--in its entire history. Yet the other recurrent theme of the period has been the overwhelming need for political reform--and the repeated failure to achieve it. Professor Ginsborg's authoritative work--the first to combine social and political perspectives--is concerned with both the tremendous achievements of contemporary Italy and "the continuities of its history that have not been easily set aside."

The Midwife's Tale and Other Christmas Stories

Author: W. Edward Harris
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780963886422
Category: Bible
Page: 69
View: 1510


Author: Erika Woehlk
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1467112755
Category: History
Page: 127
View: 4011
"Foreword by Dr. Adam Brooke Davis"--Cover.

Black Faces, White Spaces

Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors
Author: Carolyn Finney
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469614499
Category: Nature
Page: 194
View: 9430
Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? In this thought-provoking study, Carolyn Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans. Bridging the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography, Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the "great outdoors" and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces. Drawing on a variety of sources from film, literature, and popular culture, and analyzing different historical moments, including the establishment of the Wilderness Act in 1964 and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Finney reveals the perceived and real ways in which nature and the environment are racialized in America. Looking toward the future, she also highlights the work of African Americans who are opening doors to greater participation in environmental and conservation concerns.

The History of Wisconsin, Volume IV

The Progressive Era, 1893-1914
Author: John D. Buenker,William Fletcher Thompson
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Category: History
Page: 756
View: 837
Volume 4 of the History of Wisconsin Series covers the Progressive Era from 1893-1914. These are the most momentous years in the state's history, opening amid the blazing lights and fanfare of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and closing less than 25 years later on the eve of the Great War. This period witnessed profound and permanent changes in every sector of society: industry and agriculture, transporation and communications, rural and urban life, popular culture and family values, public policy and social welfare, education and labor, politics and government.

The Edge of Extinction

Travels with Enduring People in Vanishing Lands
Author: Jules Pretty
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801455030
Category: Nature
Page: 256
View: 4968
In The Edge of Extinction, Jules Pretty explores life and change in a dozen environments and cultures across the world, taking us on a series of remarkable journeys through deserts, coasts, mountains, steppes, snowscapes, marshes, and farms to show that there are many different ways to live in cooperation with nature. From these accounts of people living close to the land and close to the edge emerge a larger story about sustainability and the future of the planet. Pretty addresses not only current threats to natural and cultural diversity but also the unsustainability of modern lifestyles typical of industrialized countries. In a very real sense, Pretty discovers, what we manage to preserve now may well save us later. Jules Pretty's travels take him among the Maori people along the coasts of the Pacific, into the mountains of China, and across petroglyph-rich deserts of Australia. He treks with nomads over the continent-wide steppes of Tuva in southern Siberia, walks and boats in the wildlife-rich inland swamps of southern Africa, and experiences the Arctic with ice fishermen in Finland. He explores the coasts and inland marshes of eastern England and Northern Ireland and accompanies Innu people across the taiga’s snowy forests and the lakes of the Labrador interior. Pretty concludes his global journey immersed in the discrete cultures and landscapes embedded within the American landscape: the small farms of the Amish, the swamps of the Cajuns in the deep South, and the deserts of California. The diverse people Pretty meets in The Edge of Extinction display deep pride in their relationships with the land and are only willing to join with the modern world on their own terms. By the examples they set, they offer valuable lessons for anyone seeking to find harmony in a world cracking under the pressures of apparently insatiable consumption patterns of the affluent.


Author: Zellwood Historical Society, Museum, and Library, Inc.
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439648409
Category: Photography
Page: 128
View: 8393
Zellwood was named for Thomas Ellwood Zell, who arrived in the area in 1876. Zell sent scrapbooks displaying newspaper clippings to entice Northern friends—former Civil War officers—to settle near Lakes Maggiore and Minore. Word spread that Zellwood was a desirable place to winter and do business. Construction of millionaire steel magnate James Laughlin Jr.’s mansion began in 1885. Zellwood attracted people who built estates and new homes. Boardinghouses popped up. The Holly Arms Hotel and Zellwood Inn housed farmers, teachers, and entrepreneurs. In 1911, a train brought more settlers planning to earn their livelihood from Zellwood’s rich earth. Agriculture dominated from the 1940s through the late 1990s. Zellwood was known for sweet corn. By 1999, all but one farm had been purchased for Lake Apopka restoration. Only Long and Scott Farms carries on the tradition of growing Zellwood sweet corn by farming the sandy soil bordering the muck lands of Lake Apopka.

The Jews of New Jersey

A Pictorial History
Author: Patricia M. Ard,Michael Aaron Rockland
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813530123
Category: History
Page: 138
View: 7601
Jews have called New Jersey home since the late seventeenth century, and they currently make up almost 6 percent of the states residents. Yet, until now, no book has paid tribute to the richness of Jewish heritage in the Garden State. The Jews of New Jersey: A Pictorial History redresses this lack with a lively narrative and hundreds of archival and family photographsmany rarethat bring this history to life. Patricia Ard and Michael Rockland focus on representative Jewish communities throughout the state, paying particular attention to the extraordinary stories of ordinary people. Through the joys and struggles of homemakers, storekeepers, factory workers, athletes, children, farmers, activists, religious leaders, and Holocaust survivors, the authors tell the stories of how these communities have evolved, thrived, and changed. They note the difficulties posed by intermarriage and assimilation and, at the same time, depict a burgeoning revival of Jewish orthodoxy and traditions. The Jews of New Jersey will please both the historian and general reader. Its heartwarming stories and pictures truly make the point that it is through the joys, triumphs, and defeats of everyday people that history is made.