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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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Siblings and Inheritance of the Patrimony

Siblings and Inheritance of the Patrimony

(p.159) Seven Siblings and Inheritance of the Patrimony
Prairie Patrimony

Sonya Salamon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how lifecourse imperatives require an intergenerational transmission of family land about every twenty-five to thirty years. How parents transfer family resources to children is strongly influenced by inheritance priorities intrinsic to cultural beliefs about land. Household-level decisions—the inheritance patterns of previous generations and the responses of sibling heirs to the patrimony received—have cumulative effects on farm community land tenure patterns. Loyalty among siblings and to the farm—symbolized by a sense of a shared patrimony—is powerfully shaped by the family environment. Families, aware that sibling strife can potentially destroy a landed patrimony, generally attempt to forge solidarity by socializing children to honor an “axiom of amity.”

Keywords:   land tenure, lifecourse imperatives, intergenerational transmission, family land, inheritance priorities, cultural beliefs

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