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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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Family Farmers: An American Family Type

Family Farmers: An American Family Type

(p.38) Two Family Farmers: An American Family Type
Prairie Patrimony

Sonya Salamon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses farmers who say farming is the “best way of life” and regard their countryside as beautiful. Although they complain constantly about the government or about the bean and corn markets, farmers consider their work among the most desirable in America. Farmers' stories and self-deprecating humor capture this attitude. A retired widow said, “I go to the city and I just don't like it. I miss the quietness. It's lonely here, but there's always something to do.” An active farmer commented, “You probably heard the saying: The farmer buys retail and sells wholesale, and pays the shipping both ways. . . . It's a good life. We wouldn't give it up for anything.”

Keywords:   farmers, farming, countryside, government, corn markets, farmers' stories

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