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Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: Regions of Rural America 1. Northeast 2. Mid-Atlantic 3. Deep South 4. Midwest 5. Great Plains 6. Intermountain West 7. Pacific Coast Part II: Rural Lives in Context 8. Rural Women 9. Rural Childhood and Youth 10. Masculinity in a Rural Context 11. Education 12. Ethnicity 13. Race 14. Communal Societies 15. Anabaptist Communities Part III: Change and Development 16. Rural/Urban Tensions 17. Rural Depopulation 18. Technological Change 19. Rural Environment 20. Rural Labor 21. The International Context for Rural America Part IV: Resources for Scholars and Teachers 22. Sources for the Researcher 23. Teaching Rural History in an Urban Age 24. Reading Rural Structures and Landscapes Suggested Reading

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Pamela Riney-Kehrberg is Professor of History at Iowa State University and Past President of the Agricultural History Society.


Twenty-seven chapters by some of the leading scholars in the field make The Routledge History of Rural Americaã essential reading for teachers eager to broaden and enrich their courses, and for students seeking a first-class introduction to the rural history of America's regions, rural social history, and the rural economy. ã David Danbom, author of Born in the Country: A History of Rural America In this important volume, some of the leading historians of rural America examine the regional, cultural, and economic diversity of the nation's countryside. With essays on researching and teaching rural history and an extensive suggested reading list, the collection is a must for researchers, teachers, and students of rural history. Katherine Jellison, author of Entitled to Power: Farm Women and Technology, 1913-1963 Editor Pamela Riney-Kehrberg opens this volume with a simple question: what is rural America? Twenty-five scholars provide surprisingly complex answers, shedding fresh light on regional differences in rural America, relationships between rural and urban communities, the diversity of rural cultures, and the ways that economic shifts, technological development, and globalization have shaped rural development. An essential resource for anyone seeking to understand the history of the United States. Melissa Walker, author of Southern Farmers and Their Stories: Memory and Meaning in Oral History

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