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Berry, Wendell (ed), THE GIFT OF GOOD LAND: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK. (North Point Press). 281 pages.
~~~ "In the twenty-four essays of this collection, Wendell Berry stresses the carefully modulated harmonics of indivisibility in culture and agriculture, the interdependence, the wholeness, the oneness, of man, animals, the land, the weather, and the family. To touch one, he shows, is to tamper with them all. Here he continues issues first raised in The Unsettling of America.

Britt, Albert. (ed), AN AMERICA THAT WAS: What Life Was Like on an Illinois Farm Seventy Years Ago. (Barre, Mass., Barre Publishers, 1964). VG/VG. Jacket in mylar. Drawings, 196 pages. Covers the author's life growing up on a farm in Warren County, Illinois, from 1875 to 1900.

Fish, Charles, BLUE RIBBONS AND BURLESQUE: A BOOK OF COUNTRY FAIRS. The Countryman Press., 1998. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. 10.25" x 8.25". Photos thoughout on glossy paper. Notes, 272 pages.


Hanson, Victor Davis, FIELDS WITHOUT DREAMS: Defending the Agrarian Idea. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. (Free Press). 289 pages. ~~~ "Eulogizing the vanishing lifestyle of the family farm, Victor Hanson calls for America to take notice of its lost simplicity and purity before it is too late. 'Victor Davis Hanson . . . is a writer as much as a farmer. His memoir is complex -- passionate, angry, honest, scorching.'"

Highsmith, Carol M., BARNS. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Crescent Books/Random House). 64 pages. ~~~ "Like lighthouses and covered bridges, barns are American icons, a nostalgic link to pastoral times when much of the land was in cultivation and a majority of families lived on farms or in small towns. Raising a barn was a community project. Using native materials - from stone to brick to a variety of woods - the barn was built to suit the farmer's needs and the comfort and care of the animals on which his livelihood depended. In her travels across America documenting the sights of many cities, states, and regions, photographer Carol M. Highsmith has captured many wonderful barns on film. They are presented, along with writer Ted Landphair's descriptions, as a tribute to America's working farmers."

Holbrook, Stewart H., MACHINES OF PLENTY: PIONEERING IN AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. VG/VG. Jacket price-clipped and slightly chipped. (NY: Macmillan, 1955). Illustrated with plates, bibliography, index.
~~~ A narrative history of American agriculture from colonial timesthrough WWII, centering on the lives of the major agricultural figures: John Deere, Cyrus McCormick, J.I. Case, and others.

Horwitz, Richard., HOG TIES: Pigs, Manure and Mortality in American Culture. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (St Martin's Press). 312 pages. ~~~ "From Charlotte's Web to Porky Pig and Babe, Americans are obsessed with pigs. In Hog Ties, Richard Horwitz looks at this obsession, its relation to American culture and the way in which themes of life and death are played out in the care, feeding, slaughtering and eating of pigs. Horwitz grew up in a rural, Jewish household in the Northeast and worked part-time as a farmhand on a large Iowa pig farm. As much a memoir of rural life as it is a work of cultural commentary, Hog Ties looks at the current business of pig farming, its roots in the family farms of the Midwest, and its future in the large conglomerates that take over small farms and increasingly separate the farm families from their land. In the lives and trials of pigs and their caretakers, Horwitz sees a mirror image of our own lives, our fight against myriad diseases, our ultimate death, our possible redemption, and therein discovers the Tao of pig. Hog Ties is a book that readers will ponder long after the last page has been turned."

Isern, Thomas D., BULL THRESHERS & BINDLESTIFFS: Harvesting and Threshing on the North American Plains. NF/NF. Covers very slightly bowed. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1990). Photographs, documents, tables, notes, index, 248 pages.

Klinkenborg, Verlyn, MAKING HAY. Nick Lyons Books, 1986., NF/VG. Front upper right corner of DJ sunbleached: design & lettering unaffected. Original price of "$14.95" intact. In thin mylar protector. Illustrated by Gordon Allen. Notes. 157 pp. ~~~ "The rural midwesterners and westerners in this book are warmly and intelligently and humorously depicted, warts and all, in language that often approaches poetry in its lilt and freshness. While MAKING HAY may be about making hay, the quality of its writing makes it literature." (--John Graves). Author' s first book. SIGNED BY AUTHOR.

Klinkenborg, Verlyn, THE RURAL LIFE. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Little, Brown & Co.). 213 pages. ~~~ "With an eloquence unmatched by any other living writer, Verlyn Klinkenborg observes the juncture at which our lives and the natural world intersect. His yearlong meditation on the rigors and wonders of country life - encompassing memories of his family's lowa homestead, time spent in the wide-open spaces of the American West, and his experiences on the small farm in upstate New York where he lives with his wife - abounds with vicarious pleasures for the reader as it indelibly records and celebrates the everyday beauty of the world we inhabit."

[Mallory] Grady McWhiney, Warner O. Moore, Jr., and Robert F. Pace (eds), FEAR GOD AND WALK HUMBLY: The Agricultural Journal of James Mallory, 1843-1877 . NEW copy (still in shrinkwrap), hardcover with dust jacket. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1997). 687 pages.
~~~ From DONALD L. WINTERS Vanderbilt University: "Libraries and archives across the South hold hundreds of nineteenthcentury agricultural journals, in which farmers recorded observations about their daily lives and, occasionally, events in the wider world. Few of these sources, however, are as rich and informative as the account James Mallory kept over a period that many historians regard as the most critical three decades in United States history. Mallory, with his wife, infant daughter, and members of his extended family, moved from Virginia to Alabama in 1834. He settled in Talladega County, located in the Black Belt in east-central Alabama, where he remained until his death in 1877. Although Grady McWhiney, one of the editors of this fine book, claims that "Mallory never became a great planter or an extensive slaveholder" (xvi), he was indisputably well-off: in 1860, he owned one-thousand acres of land (four hundred improved) and thirty slaves, and his farm produced some seventy bales of cotton annually. Most historians today would place him in the planter category, but regardless of classification, Mallory's agricultural journal provides a powerful commentary on southern life during the Civil War era.

~~~ Currently in print at $49.95.

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Argersinger, Peter H., THE LIMITS OF AGRARIAN RADICALISM: WESTERN POPULISM & AMERICAN POLITICS.. University Press of Kansas., NEW, still in shrinkwrap. Essays. 312 pp.
~~~ Argersinger, one of our nation's foremost historians of the Populist era, brings together in this volume some of his best and most influential essaysóranging from a study of a single election campaign to complex analyses of political organizations, legislative behavior, and government institutions. Together they amply display his consistently sharp and wide-ranging insights on this important moment in American life.


Clanton, Gene,. POPULISM: THE HUMANE PREFERENCE IN AMERICA, 1890-1900. Macmillan Library Reference , 1991. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Notes and references, bibliographic essay, index, 198 pages.
~~~ Twayne's Social Movements Series. Synopsis: "After discussing the origins of the Populist Party "before 1890, {Clanton}focuses on its evolution: appearance of third parties in several states in 1890, organization of a national party in 1891-1892, party activities at state and federal levels, fusion with the Bryanized democracy in 1896, and disappearance thereafter." (J Am Hist). ~~~ OUT OF PRINT.


McConnell, Grant, THE DECLINE OF AGRARIAN DEMOCRACY. VG/VG. Some chipping to jacket, which is in mylar. Front & rear flyleafs browned from jacket flaps. Cover corners worn, especially bottom corners where cloth is worn away. Book otherwise tight and clean. (Berkeley & L.A.: University of California Press, 1959). Tables, extensive notes, index, 226 pages.
~~~ "Before the beginning of this century, the farmer was the common man. He was the democratic individul pitted against the injustices inherent in great concentration of power. Mr. McConnell regards the great farm movements of the nineteenth century as a protest against the system of power arising from the raw and turbulent capitalism of this era. ~~~ 'In the first five decades of the twentienth century,' writes the author, 'the quality of agrarianism has been transformed. The monumental fact of the period is the rise of a structure of political power based on farm organization that extends from thousands of localities through every level of government to the highest councils of the nation. This structure not only prepresents a repudiation of the traditional agrarian distrust of power, but in its development has been the direct cause of some of the most disturbing passages in American politics." ~~~ OUT OF PRINT.


Rasmussen, Wayne D. (ed), READINGS IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. (Urbana: University of Illinois, 1960). VG/VG. Previous owner's inked signature in two places on interior flaps of dust jacket. Minor edgewear to jacket, which is in mylar. Book otherwise tight and clean. Photographs, chronology, bibliography, index, 340 pages. A narrative history of American agriculture from the early 1600s to 1960.


Telleen, Maurice, THE DRAFT HORSE PRIMER: A Guide to the Care and Use of Work Horses and Mules. University of (Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, 1977. Illustrated, index, 386 pages.
~~~ In the 1940s, the agricultural establishment decreed that the day of the draft horse in the United States was over, and that modern farming demanded machinery to make it work. but Marice Telleen argues in The Draft Horse Primer that draft horses and mules can serve a useful function on today's farms, especially as the cost of farm equipment and the fuel to run it increases exponentially. many farmers must agree with him, because the demand for draft animals has risen significantly since 1960. ~~~ Unfortunately, the USDA and the land grant colleges allowed their bulletins about draft horses to go out of print, and old-times who worked with horses are getting scarce. Homesteaders and farmers who would like to farm with horses often have nowhere to turn for vital information about their animals. This book was written with them in mind. Drawing on those still-useful publications of the USDA, the Draft Horse and Mule Association, and the land-grant colleges; on material from Draft Horse Journal, Western Horseman, and Organic Gardening and Farming; and on the author's years of experience as a farmer and draft horseman, it is the only publication of its kind available.


Wik, Reynold M., STEAM POWER ON THE AMERICAN FARM. VG/VG. Jacket in mylar. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1953, 1959). Third printing. Extensive notes, bibliography, appendices, index, 288 pages.
~~~ Table of Contents: Preface; Steam Power Comes to the Farm; The Portable Agricultural Steam Engline; Portable Steam Engines used for Threshing Purposes; Self-Propelled Agricultural Steam Engines; The Steam-Engine Boom, 1885-1912; The Heyday of Steam Power on the Farm; Distribution, Financing, and Sale of Steam Traction Engines; Threshermen's Organizations and Schools; The Development of the Tractor and the Decline of Steam Power.
~~~ "In 1786, Thomas Jefferson recognized the potentialities of steam as a moving power when he wrote: 'The power of this agent steam though long known is but now beginning to be applied to various purposes of which it is susceptible.' By the 19th century, interest in this new developement in the field of technology was rife. Steam power as a boon to industry, commerce, and transportation fascinated the minds of historians and novelists. But the application of steam to farm production, a revolutionary approach to agrarian enterprise, has been a long-neglected subject. ~~~ Steam power provided the first successful mechanical prime mover to be used for agricultural purposes. This study of the farm steam engine examines the benefits derived from the arrival of steam on the farms of the major grain-growing regions of the United States and the frontiers of the expanding West. Professor Wik has produced a definitive study of these first mechanical power units, the financing of the engines, and the part played by the men responsible for their success."