The Unsettling of America

Since its publication in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural and spiritual discipline.

Author: Wendell Berry

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 9781619026964

Category: Social Science

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An acclaimed novelist, poet, environmentalist, and farmer argues for a deeper connection to the land and community for the sake of America’s future. Since its publication in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural and spiritual discipline. Todays agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a nation are more estranged from the land—and from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it. Sadly, as Berry notes in his Afterword, his arguments and observations are more relevant than ever. We continue to suffer loss of community, the devaluation of human work, and the destruction of nature under an economic system dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits. Although “this book has not had the happy fate of being proved wrong,” Berry writes, there are good people working “to make something comely and enduring of our life on this earth.” Wendell Berry is one of those people, writing and working, as ever, with passion, eloquence, and conviction. “Wendell Berry is one of those rare individuals who speaks to us always of responsibility, of the individual cultivation of an active and aware participation in the arts of life.” —The Bloomsbury Review “[Berry’s] poems, novels and essays . . . are probably the most sustained contemporary articulation of America’s agrarian, Jeffersonian ideal.” —Publishers Weekly
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The Unsettling of America

Sadly, as Berry notes in the afterword to this new edition, his arguments and observations are still relevant today.

Author: Wendell Berry

Publisher: Turtleback Books

ISBN: 1417629517

Category: Nature

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A critical inquiry into the ways Americans have exploited and continue to exploit the land that sustains them, tracing attitudes toward and methods of farming from the eighteenth century to the present
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The Gift of Good Land

The essays in The Gift of Good Land are as true today as when they were first published in 1981; the problems addressed here are still with us and the solutions no nearer to hand.

Author: Wendell Berry

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

ISBN: 1582434840

Category: Literary Collections

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The essays in The Gift of Good Land are as true today as when they were first published in 1981; the problems addressed here are still with us and the solutions no nearer to hand. One of the insistent themes of this book is the interdependence, the wholeness, the oneness of people, the land, weather, animals, and family. To touch one is to tamper with them all. We live in one functioning organism whose separate parts are artificially isolated by our culture. The twenty-four essays in this collection cover a variety of subjects; the author's journeys to the Peruvian Andes, to the desert of southern Arizona, and to Amish country to study the evolution of ancient native agricultural practices. In Solving for Pattern,” Mr. Berry lists fourteen critical standards for solving agricultural problems that can just as easily be used as standards for solving personal and family problems. In the title essay, the author examines our Judeo-Christian heritage to discover parallels with the Buddhist doctrine of right livelihood” or right occupation.” He develops the compelling argument that the gift” of good land has strings attached. We have it only on loan and only for as long as we practice good stewardship.
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Farming

The America many people would like to believe in is convincingly explored in this volume of poems by a writer close to the heart of things.

Author: Wendell Berry

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

ISBN: 9781582437637

Category: Poetry

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The America many people would like to believe in is convincingly explored in this volume of poems by a writer close to the heart of things. The sanity and eloquence of these poems spring from the land in Kentucky where Wendell Berry was born, married, lives, farms, and writes. From classic pastoral themes both lyrical and reflective, to a verse play, to a dramatic narrative and the manic, entertaining, prescient ravings of Berry's Mad Farmer, these poems show a unity of language and consciousness, skill and sensitivity, that has placed Wendell Berry at the front rank of contemporary American poets.
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Bringing It to the Table

Drawn from more than thirty years of work, this collection is essential reading for all who care about what they eat.

Author: Wendell Berry

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 9781458758620

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Only a farmer could delve so deeply into the origins of food, and only a writer of Wendell Berry's caliber could convey it with such conviction and eloquence. Drawn from more than thirty years of work, this collection is essential reading for all who care about what they eat.
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A Continuous Harmony

Essays Cultural and Agricultural Wendell Berry ... House Recollected Essays:
1965–1980 Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community Standing By Words The
Unforeseen Wilderness The Unsettling of America What Are People For? For
Anne ...

Author: Wendell Berry

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 9781619020801

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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This book is broad and leisurely and important. Something like the river itself on which Wendell Berry lives. It is full of wide and flowing thoughts and one thing leads to another in the manner that nature intended or used to. The language ranges from the grave and beautiful to the sharp and specific, depending on the need to express the vast variety of subjects he presents. The Nation The title of this book is taken from an account by Thomas F. Hornbein on his travels in the Himalayas. It seemed to me, Horenbein wrote, that here man lived in continuous harmony with the land, as much as briefly a part of it as all its other occupants. Wendell Berry's second collection of essays, A Continuous Harmony was first published in 1972, and includes the seminal Think Little, which was printed in The Last Whole Earth Catalogue and reprinted around the globe, and the splendid centerpiece, Discipline and Hope, an insightful and articulate essay making a case for what he calls a new middle.
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The Way of Ignorance

A new collection of essays by the T. S. Eliot Award-winning writer features some of his top writings and explores such themes as security, freedom, and community, in a volume that includes the pieces "The Way of Ignorance," "The Purpose of ...

Author: Wendell Berry

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

ISBN: 9781593761196

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 180

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A new collection of essays by the T. S. Eliot Award-winning writer features some of his top writings and explores such themes as security, freedom, and community, in a volume that includes the pieces "The Way of Ignorance," "The Purpose of a Coherent Community," and "Compromise, Hell!" Reprint.
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The Art of the Commonplace

The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture (San Francisco: Sierra Club
Books, 3rd Edition, 1996, pp. 3–14) “Racism and the Economy”—Wendell Berry.
The Hidden Wound (The Afterword, New York: North Point Press, 1989, pp.

Author: Wendell Berry

Publisher: Counterpoint

ISBN: 1582439249

Category: Fiction

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"Here is a human being speaking with calm and sanity out of the wilderness. We would do well to hear him." —The Washington Post Book World The Art of the Commonplace gathers twenty essays by Wendell Berry that offer an agrarian alternative to our dominant urban culture. Grouped around five themes—an agrarian critique of culture, agrarian fundamentals, agrarian economics, agrarian religion, and geobiography—these essays promote a clearly defined and compelling vision important to all people dissatisfied with the stress, anxiety, disease, and destructiveness of contemporary American culture. Why is agriculture becoming culturally irrelevant, and at what cost? What are the forces of social disintegration and how might they be reversed? How might men and women live together in ways that benefit both? And, how does the corporate takeover of social institutions and economic practices contribute to the destruction of human and natural environments? Through his staunch support of local economies, his defense of farming communities, and his call for family integrity, Berry emerges as the champion of responsibilities and priorities that serve the health, vitality and happiness of the whole community of creation.
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Scripture Culture and Agriculture

Brian Donahue,“The Resettling of America,” inThe Essential Agrarian Reader:
TheFuture of Culture, Community, and the ... See, for instance, Wendell Berry,
The Unsettling of America: Culture Agriculture (San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1977)
, 30, ...

Author: Ellen F. Davis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139473613

Category: Religion

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This book examines the theology and ethics of land use, especially the practices of modern industrialized agriculture, in light of critical biblical exegesis. Nine interrelated essays explore the biblical writers' pervasive concern for the care of arable land against the background of the geography, social structures, and religious thought of ancient Israel. This approach consistently brings out neglected aspects of texts, both poetry and prose, that are central to Jewish and Christian traditions. Rather than seeking solutions from the past, Davis creates a conversation between ancient texts and contemporary agrarian writers; thus she provides a fresh perspective from which to view the destructive practices and assumptions that now dominate the global food economy. The biblical exegesis is wide-ranging and sophisticated; the language is literate and accessible to a broad audience.
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Rocket States Atomic Weaponry and the Cultural Imagination

Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 87, 3, Bicentennial of
Thomas Jefferson (14 July 1943): 216. ... Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of
America: Culture and Agriculture (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1997), 9
and 58.

Author: Fabienne Collignon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623569426

Category: Literary Criticism

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Rocket States crosses the disciplines of Cold War Studies, American Literature, American Studies and Cultural Studies. The particular attraction of this study lies in the combination of its range-close textual and visual analysis of the correlations between land and weaponry, set firmly within its political and cultural contexts-with its unique analytical approach. The book offers a synthesis between history, theories of technology, theories of space, popular culture, literary study and military science. It illuminates a variety of literary texts from key writers and thinkers such as Pynchon, Stephen King, Norman Mailer, and Tom Wolfe, while also invoking figures like Nikola Tesla, James Webb, Batman and Ronald Reagan. Organised topographically, according to how missile technology manifests itself differently in particular locations, Rocket States's geographical targets are Colorado, Kansas, Cape Canaveral and New York, variously titled 'Excavation', 'Preservation', 'Evacuation' and 'Transmission'. It advances through these states roughly chronologically, beginning in the late 1940s and early 1950s and coming to an end in the first part of the 21st century. Collignon's argument is concerned with identifying the recurring figures and fantasies of the Cold War: the dome or parabola as sheltering techno-form; the fictions of total security adapting to constantly changing targeting strategies; gadget love; closed, freezing worlds. As such, Rocket States analyses by what processes the Cold War is frequently literalised in its weapons installations and how these facilities, in turn, shape dreams of containment, survival, escape and techno-supremacy.
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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Its application is site specific; there is no set formula of practices or procedures
that constitute a sustainable-agriculture ... Carolina a&t State University Wendell
Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture (1996); Pete Daniel,
Lost ...

Author: Melissa Walker

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469616681

Category: Reference

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Volume 11 of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examines the economic culture of the South by pairing two categories that account for the ways many southerners have made their living. In the antebellum period, the wealth of southern whites came largely from agriculture that relied on the forced labor of enslaved blacks. After Reconstruction, the South became attractive to new industries lured by the region's ongoing commitment to low-wage labor and management-friendly economic policies. Throughout the volume, articles reflect the breadth and variety of southern life, paying particular attention to the region's profound economic transformation in recent decades. The agricultural section consists of 25 thematic entries that explore issues such as Native American agricultural practices, plantations, and sustainable agriculture. Thirty-eight shorter pieces cover key crops of the region--from tobacco to Christmas trees--as well as issues of historic and emerging interest--from insects and insecticides to migrant labor. The section on industry and commerce contains 13 thematic entries in which contributors address topics such as the economic impact of military bases, resistance to industrialization, and black business. Thirty-six topical entries explore particular industries, such as textiles, timber, automobiles, and banking, as well as individuals--including Henry W. Grady and Sam M. Walton--whose ideas and enterprises have helped shape the modern South.
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Hope in a Scattering Time

Berry's 1977 manifesto The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture had in
particular captured Lasch's attention in a sustained and sustaining way. Lasch,
asking historian Steven Hahn to review the book for democracy's first issue, ...

Author: Eric Miller

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802817693

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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This is the first biography of the best-selling author of The culture of narcissism and other modern American classics. His brand of historically and psychologically informed social criticism was uncommonly prescient and remains surprisingly relevant to our cultural dilemmas. So does his example, as Eric Miller shows in this vivid and engaging book. Lasch's uncompromising independence cast him as Socrates in an age of sophists, and the sweeping range, critical intensity, high seriousness, and rigorous honesty of his writings won him warm admirers, many fierce critics, and a circle of brilliant and devoted students. Miller's biography offers lasch's life as a ringing case for the dignity of the intellectual's calling.
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Wendell Berry

A friend had shown me a little publication from the Myrin Institute, The Agricultural
Crisis: A Crisis of Culture,1 which Id ... three novels, four books of poetry, and
several collections of essays in addition to The Unsettling of America, the book, ...

Author: Jason Peters

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813192574

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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A portrait of one of America's most profound and honest thinkers, this book combines biographical sketches, personal accounts, literary criticism, and social commentary to illuminate Berry as he is: a complex man of place and community with a depth of domestic, intellectual, filial, and fraternal attributes.
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Dispossession

Discrimination against African American Farmers in the Age of Civil Rights Pete
Daniel. 3. “Agriculture: A Hard Row to ... Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of
America: Culture and Agriculture (New York, 1977), 31. On Berry's ideas, see
Jeffrey ...

Author: Pete Daniel

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469602028

Category: Social Science

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Between 1940 and 1974, the number of African American farmers fell from 681,790 to just 45,594--a drop of 93 percent. In his hard-hitting book, historian Pete Daniel analyzes this decline and chronicles black farmers' fierce struggles to remain on the land in the face of discrimination by bureaucrats in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He exposes the shameful fact that at the very moment civil rights laws promised to end discrimination, hundreds of thousands of black farmers lost their hold on the land as they were denied loans, information, and access to the programs essential to survival in a capital-intensive farm structure. More than a matter of neglect of these farmers and their rights, this "passive nullification" consisted of a blizzard of bureaucratic obfuscation, blatant acts of discrimination and cronyism, violence, and intimidation. Dispossession recovers a lost chapter of the black experience in the American South, presenting a counternarrative to the conventional story of the progress achieved by the civil rights movement.
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The Essential Agrarian Reader

We know that such farming would be at least as productive (per acre) as our
present industrialized agriculture, and very ... Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of
America: Culture and Agriculture (San Fran- cisco: Sierra Club Books, 1977), 62.
4.

Author: Norman Wirzba

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813130187

Category: Nature

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" WITH A FOREWORD BY BARBARA KINGSOLVER A compelling worldview with advocates from around the globe, agrarianism challenges the shortcomings of our industrial and technological economy. Not simply focused on farming, the agrarian outlook encourages us to develop practices and policies that promote the health of land, community, and culture. Agrarianism reminds us that no matter how urban we become, our survival will always be inextricably linked to the precious resources of soil, water, and air. Combining fresh insights from the disciplines of education, law, history, urban and regional planning, economics, philosophy, religion, ecology, politics, and agriculture, these original essays develop a sophisticated critique of our culture’s current relationship to the land, while offering practical alternatives. Leading agrarians, including Wendell Berry, Vandana Shiva, Wes Jackson, Gene Logsdon, Brian Donahue, Eric Freyfogle, and David Orr, explain how our goals should be redirected toward genuinely sustainable communities. These writers call us to an honest accounting and correction of our often destructive ways. They suggest how our society can take practical steps toward integrating soils, watersheds, forests, wildlife, urban areas, and human populations into one great system—a responsible flourishing of our world and culture.
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Alternative Economic Spaces

If the contradictions of factory farming con- inue to deepen and jeopardize
agriculture itself, as environmentalists )redict,23 it is always possible that ... His
classic critique of American society is The Unsettling of America, Culture and
Agriculture ...

Author: Andrew Leyshon

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761971297

Category: Science

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`A hopeful but nonetheless hard-hitting analysis of alternative economic spaces proliferating in the belly of the capitalist beast. In this book Leyshon, Lee and Williams convene fascinating studies of exchange, enterprise, credit and community. They invite us onto a new and promising discursive terrain where we can analyze, criticize and above all recognize actually existing economies of diversity in the wealthy countries of the West' - J K Gibson-Graham, Australian National University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst In the context of problems in the "new economy" - from dot.com start-ups, high-technology, and telecoms - Alternative Economic Spaces presents a critical evaluation of alternatives to the global economic mainstream. It focuses on the emergence of alternative economic geographies within developed economies and analyzes the emergence of alternative economic practices within industrialized countries. These include the creation of institutions like Local Exchange and Trading Systems, Credit Unions, and other social economy initiatives; and the development of alternative practices from informal work to the invention of consumption sites that act as alternatives to the monoply of the `big-box', multi-chain retail outlets. Alternative Economic Spaces is a reconsideration of what is meant by the `economic' in economic geography; its objective is to bring together some of the ways in which this is being undertaken. The volume shows how the `economic' is being rethought in economic geography by detailing new economic geographies as they are emerging in practice.
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Uneven Land

Becker , George J . “ Modern Realism as a Literary Movement . ” Documents of
Modern Literary Realism . Ed . George J . Becker . Princeton : Princeton UP ,
1963 . 3 - 38 . Berry , Wendell . The Unsettling of America : Culture and
Agriculture .

Author: Stephanie L. Sarver

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803242522

Category: Literary Criticism

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Uneven Land explores the ambiguous conceptual position of agriculture and nature in American literature during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Focusing on the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Hamlin Garland, Frank Norris, William Ellsworth Smythe, and Liberty Hyde Bailey, Stephanie L. Sarver reveals a range of views about agriculture, its value to the individual, and its relationship to nature. ø Sarver proposes that agricultural practices require a relationship with nature that is simultaneously material and spiritual as well as economic and social. Emerson interprets the relationship between the farmer and nature in several ways, confirming that the farmer enjoys a privileged connection to nature. Garland and Bailey continue in Emerson?s tradition but present the farmer?s relationship to nature as always compromised by the commercial character of farming. In contrast, Norris and Smythe minimize the individual spiritual experiences of nature in farming. They abstract agrarian land, suggesting that the farm is a stage on which human dramas are enacted. Out of this study emerges a complex picture of America?s uncertain relationship with nature and agriculture.
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Public Values Private Lands

The Future of American Agriculture as a Strategic Resource. Washington ... Beale
, Caivin L. "The Population Turnaround in Rural Small,Town America." 213 In
Rural Policy. ... Berry, Wendell. The Unsettling of America: Culture and
Agriculture.

Author: Tim Lehman

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 0807821772

Category: Nature

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Tim Lehman examines the political battles over public policies to protect farmland from urban sprawl. His detailed account clarifies three larger themes: the ongoing struggle over land use planning in this country, the emerging environmental critique of m
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