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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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(p.249) Conclusion
Prairie Patrimony

Sonya Salamon

University of North Carolina Press

This book concludes with a description of Midwestern farming's split personality; it was pursued by some as a path to an agrarian way of life and by others as a business for capitalistic gain. This prototypical divergence still prevails and testifies to the critical importance of culture to agriculture. Both German and Yankee cultural systems maintain the asymmetrical relations of men over women and of owners and operators of larger farms over those of smaller ones. Yet, as a consequence of participation in very different domestic processes of management, succession, and inheritance to maintain a particular family relationship to land, yeomen and entrepreneurs engage in actions with distinctive outcomes for land tenure patterns and rural community life.

Keywords:   Midwestern farming, inheritance, succession, capitalistic gain, cultural systems, land tenure, rural community

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