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Prairie PatrimonyFamily, Farming, and Community in the Midwest$
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Sonya Salamon

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780807845530

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469611181_Salamon

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Land Tenure

Land Tenure

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(p.201) Nine Land Tenure
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Prairie Patrimony
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Sonya Salamon

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9780807845530.003.0010

This chapter discusses the land tenure system, which is constituted by how a group values, transfers, buys, or sells land. Without access to land, whether through ownership or rental, a family cannot farm. This means that landowners control a farm community's most valued commodity and that a land tenure system underlies the social divisions in rural society. What happens to family land as a consequence of farmers working through the processes of management, succession, and inheritance causes yeoman and entrepreneur communities to evolve distinctive land tenure patterns. Specifically, the national trend toward consolidation of farms is retarded or accelerated by these processes. The author does not mean that farm families are solely responsible for the rate at which farms or land are consolidated in their communities; they are not.

Keywords:   land tenure, tenure patterns, landowners, farm community, commodity, social divisions, rural society

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