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: 1461
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: 4416
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: 7887
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: 3400
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: 1323
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: 7230
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: 6796
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: 7060
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: 9916
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.

The Mind of a Thief

Author: Patti Miller
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
ISBN: 0702248193
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
View: 9214
Exploring the history of the Wiradjuri people, the conflict of colonization, their mythologies, and their attachment to the land, author Patti Miller reveals both her own story and the position of Aboriginal people in today's society in this fascinating memoir. For 40,000 years, the Central New South Wales area of Wellington was Aboriginal Wiradjuri land. Following the arrival of white men, it became a penal settlement, a mission station, a gold-mining town, and a farming center with a history of white comfort and black marginalization. In the late 20th century, it was also the subject of the first post-Mabo native title claim, bringing new hope--and controversy--to the area and its people. Patti, a local of the area, explores Australian identity in relation to her beloved but stolen country. Black and white politics, the processes of colonization, family mythologies, generational conflict, and the power of place are evoked as she weaves a story that is very personal and, at the same time, a universal tale of belonging.


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: 7563
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.

Threshing in the Midwest, 1820-1940

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 5107

Africa: Continent of Economic Opportunity

Author: David Fick
Publisher: Real African Publishers
ISBN: 1919855475
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 520
View: 9060
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: 9170
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."

Hannah Coulter

A Novel
Author: Wendell Berry
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 1582439907
Category: Fiction
Page: 208
View: 7327
Hannah Coulter is Wendell Berry’s seventh novel and his first to employ the voice of a woman character in its telling. Hannah, the now-elderly narrator, recounts the love she has for the land and for her community. She remembers each of her two husbands, and all places and community connections threatened by twentieth-century technologies. At risk is the whole culture of family farming, hope redeemed when her wayward and once lost grandson, Virgil, returns to his rural home place to work the farm.

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: 917
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: Erika Woehlk
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1467112755
Category: History
Page: 127
View: 9842
"Foreword by Dr. Adam Brooke Davis"--Cover.

The Midwife's Tale and Other Christmas Stories

Author: W. Edward Harris
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780963886422
Category: Bible
Page: 69
View: 1617

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: 4466
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.

Wittgensteins Lolita and The Iceman

Short Stories
Author: William Gay
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1480437719
Category: Fiction
Page: 72
View: 526
Gay maps out a landscape of love and death, exploring the terrain where a person’s love of life interacts with their fear of the dark unknown. He portrays a character looking for love that reaches beyond death—with occasional morbid consequences.