All We Knew Was to Farm: Rural Women in the Upcountry South, 1919-1941 (Revisiting Rural America)
Melissa WalkerISBN: 080186318X; 9780801863189;
The first book to examine Southern farm women's confrontation with modern America. ***Winner of the Willie Lee Rose Prize given by the Southern Association for Women Historians In the years after World War I, people of the upcountry South found their world rapidly changing. A postwar plunge in farm prices stretched into a twenty-year agricultural depression. New Deal agricultural programs eventually transformed the economy, pushing many families off the land to make way for larger commercial farms. These changes brought mixed results, but the years between the world wars marked a turning point in the struggle of upcountry women to shape their own lives. New industry and the intervening hand of big government, intruding on once insular communities, forced new choices and redefined the roles of women in this region. In All We Knew Was to Farm, Melissa Walker carefully examines these critical developments, depicting the southern farm woman's confrontation with modern...