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A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929 (review)

A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929 (review) REVIEWS A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929. Paul K. Conkin. 2008.The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington. 223 pp. $29.95 cloth. (ISBN 978-0-8131-2519-0). russell graves Cameron University Born in a small rural community in east Tennessee the same month as the stock market crash of 1929, Paul K. Conkin has lived the entire span covered in his excellent history of modern American agriculture, A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929. Part historical narrative and part memoir, this important book contends that the changes in food production have been truly revolutionary since the pre-mechanized days of rural land use in the early 1900s. Conkin shows that American agriculture experienced a nearly twopercent per-year increase in productivity throughout the 20th century, a rate of growth that outpaced most all other economic sectors. These gains in productivity did not always equate to steady improvements in profit and well-being for those dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Rather, the span of time covered in Conkin's book saw tremendous social, political, and technological changes that would take the United States from a predominately rural country to a primarily urban one over http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southeastern Geographer University of North Carolina Press

A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929 (review)

Southeastern Geographer , Volume 50 (2) – Jul 11, 2010

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REVIEWS A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929. Paul K. Conkin. 2008.The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington. 223 pp. $29.95 cloth. (ISBN 978-0-8131-2519-0). russell graves Cameron University Born in a small rural community in east Tennessee the same month as the stock market crash of 1929, Paul K. Conkin has lived the entire span covered in his excellent history of modern American agriculture, A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929. Part historical narrative and part memoir, this important book contends that the changes in food production have been truly revolutionary since the pre-mechanized days of rural land use in the early 1900s. Conkin shows that American agriculture experienced a nearly twopercent per-year increase in productivity throughout the 20th century, a rate of growth that outpaced most all other economic sectors. These gains in productivity did not always equate to steady improvements in profit and well-being for those dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Rather, the span of time covered in Conkin's book saw tremendous social, political, and technological changes that would take the United States from a predominately rural country to a primarily urban one over

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Published: Jul 11, 2010

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