John Fraser Hart Indiana University The abandonment of farm land is a fact of growing importance in the United States, and a fact which will require some new thinking from geographers. For more than a century one of the dominant themes in the geography of this country was the taming of the wilderness. The frontiersproductive farm land. But now his descendants have begun to abandon the man became one of our folk heroes, as he strode boldly across the continent to fell the forest, break the sod, and convert the wilderness into land which he so laboriously cleared. The amount of farm land in the United States did not immediately start to decline, however, when the frontier was closed--whenever that date might be. Except for a slight drop in 1924, the acreage of farm land in 1955 (Fig. 1). Between 1950 and 1960, however, the amount of land in farms in this country has declined by more than 40 million acres. the conterminous United States increased consistently at each Census until Total Farm Land, 1900-1960 1960 = 100 - 110 Figure 1. Change in total farm land acreage in the United States and in the East between 1900
Southeastern Geographer – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jul 3, 1964
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