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[Amish] Raymond Bial, THE AMISH HOME . NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Houghton Mifflin Company. 40 pages.
~~~ "Raymond Bial's lyrical photographs and sensitive text depicting homes, traditions, and handiworks show the strength and practical optimism of the Amish. There are no pictures of people here; self-effacing, the Amish don't believe in having photographs made of themselves. But the work of their hands is in itself a revealing portrait of this hard-working and gentle people."

$17.00


[Amish] David Kline, GREAT POSSESSIONS: An Amish Farmer's Journal. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (San Francisco: North Point Press, 1990). Second Printing. Forward by Wendell Berry. 235 pages.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: "Amish farmer Kline describes his family, his labors and everyday life on his 70-acre southern Ohio farm. His reverence for nature and his deep religious faith are palpable, and he argues convincingly for the small-scale diversified farming of the Amish, which ultimately gives back to the earth more than it takes,"
~~~ From Library Journal: "Combining the foresight of John Muir, the poetry of Henry David Thoreau, and the artistry of John James Audubon, Kline blends the hues of old-world Amish farm life to paint a canvas colored with the great horned owl, black-tailed grackle, and blue heron beneath a winter's wolf moon. Spring brings ploughing and planting amidst budding apple, ash, and sugar maple; the burble of bull toads; the trill of the whippoorwill; and the tickle of toothwort, thistle, and thyme. Summer draws marsh ducks, woodchucks, and young bucks to the sun-drenched cornhusks, while fall closes the circle with the tawny tints of turning leaves and the fine-honed axe of the woodcutter. A fine hearthside read for nature lovers."
~~~ Originally published at $16.95, now OUT OF PRINT. (And North Point Press is no more.)

$25.00




[Amish] Bernd G. Langin, PLAIN AND AMISH: An Alternative to Modern Pessimism. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1994). Photographs, Timetable, 'Biblical Principles of Amish Faith', bibliography, index, 'Index of Places', 416 pages.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: "For the Amish the world is divided into two types: unbelieving Englischers and von unsrer Sort Lut (`those of our kind'). And the greater the distance between the two, the better. Langin begins his enjoyable and accessible study by making it clear that he is a ``man of the world who has drifted into the company of the devout.'' That notwithstanding, he was made a welcome guest of the Allen County, Ind., Amish community, in part because Langin is well-versed in their 400-year Anabaptist history in Switzerland, Alsace and the Palatinate, in part because the Amish retain sentimental ties to the language and land of their forebears--and while Langin is an Englischer , he is a German Englischer . This book was intended for a German audience, which can make for some quirky reading (``that old cliche anchored in my subconscious: `anyone can become a coachman, but when it comes to driving, only those in Vienna can' '') and New World readers may also find the author overgenerous in his explications of the Old World Anabaptist past. But these are minor flaws. For the most part Langin is a respectful guide to Amish religious observance, daily farm life, interactions with outsiders and differences between the various American groups, but he is not without some healthy skepticism about the ignorance and prejudice that are an inevitable part of their seemingly blissful insularity."

$17.00


[Amish] Carol M. Landphair Highsmith and Ted Landphair, THE AMISH: A Photographic Tour. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Crescent Books (Random House). 128 pages.
~~~"In The Amish, the beautiful photographs of Carol M. Highsmith and the informative text of author Ted Landphair guide the reader to a greater understanding of this fascinating society. This book is an excellent gift for anyone who has visited or wishes to visit Amish country."

$30.00


[Amish] Stephen M. Nolt, A HISTORY OF THE AMISH. NEW copy. Trade PAPERBACK. (Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1992). Photographs, prints, maps, tables, notes, bibliography, index, 318 pages.
~~~ "The Amish, one of America's most intriguing peoples, have survived for 300 years! While much has been written on the Amish, little has appeared about their history. This book brings together in one volume a thorough history of the Amish people. From their beginnings in Europe through their settlement in North America, the Amish have struggled to maintain their beliefs and traditions in often hostile settings. Atlantic crossings, westward migration, military conscription, and compulsory school laws were just a few of the many challenges to the Amish church through the years. Caught in the currents and conflicts of national life, the Amish have remained a distinct people in America's melting pot."

$9.95


[Amish] Mary Swander, OUT OF THIS WORLD. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. Penguin Books. 276 pages.
~~~ "When a severe allergic illness dictates that she grow all her own food, Mary Swander finds herself living in a former one-room schoolhouse in the midst of the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi. In this simple yet profound memoir, she shares her experiences as she explores what it means to be a lone woman homesteader at the end of the 20th century, discovering the quiet spirituality born of a life on the land."

$17.00


[Amish] David J. Walbert, GARDEN SPOT: Lancaster County, the Old Order Amish, and the Selling of Rural America. NEW copy. Hardcover. Oxford University Press. 258 pages.
~~~ "Each year, millions of tourists are drawn to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to experience first-hand the quintessential pastoral - both as an escape from urban life and as a rare opportunity to become immersed in history. The area has attracted visitors eager to catch a glimpse of the distinctive religious community of the Old Order Amish, to appreciate the beauty of the farmland, to enjoy the abundant and delicious food of the Pennsylvania Dutch...and, most recently, to shop at the area's outlet malls. For nearly three hundred years, Lancaster county has been a model of agricultural prosperity, rooted in the family farm. The rural character of the place remains Lancaster's predominant tourist attraction, but is at odds with its rapidly rising population and the commercial and residential growth that it has brought. It is the tension between rural tradition, progress, and urbanization that lies at the core of Garden Spot. David Walbert examines how twentieth century American culture has come to define and appreciate rurality, and how growth and economic expansion can co-exist with preservation of the traditional ways of life in the region."
~~~ Currently in print at $49.95.

$45.00

Berry, Wendell (ed), THE GIFT OF GOOD LAND: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK. (North Point Press). 281 pages.
~~~ "In the twenty-four essays of this collection, Wendell Berry stresses the carefully modulated harmonics of indivisibility in culture and agriculture, the interdependence, the wholeness, the oneness, of man, animals, the land, the weather, and the family. To touch one, he shows, is to tamper with them all. Here he continues issues first raised in The Unsettling of America; the problems addressed there are still with us and the solutions no nearer to hand, Mr. Berry writes of his journeys to the highlands of Peru, the deserts of southern Arizona, and the Amish country to study traditional agricultural practices. He writes of homesteading, tools and their uses, horses and tractors, family work, land reclamation, diversified land use. In the title essay Mr. Berry draws parallels between the Christian notion of stewardship and the Buddhist doctrine of 'right livelihood.' He develops the compelling argument that the 'gift' of good land has strings attached: the recipient has it only as long as he practices responsible stewardship.

$15.00

Britt, Albert. (ed), AN AMERICA THAT WAS: What Life Was Like on an Illinois Farm Seventy Years Ago. (Barre, Mass., Barre Publishers, 1964). VG/VG. Jacket in mylar. Drawings, 196 pages. Covers the author's life growing up on a farm in Warren County, Illinois, from 1875 to 1900.

$35.00

Ernst, Lis Campbell, POTATO: A Tale from the Great Depression. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK. National Geographic Society.
~~~ "When Dorothy's father loses his job and cannot find another, the family borrows a car and sets off for Idaho where jobs picking potatoes can be found. This true story gives children a vivid sense of the Depression on a level they can understand. The illustrations, simple and charming, are a perfect match for the story. Ages 4-8."

$7.95

Essley, Roger, and Margot Raven, ANGELS IN THE DUST. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK. Troll.
~~~ "Great Grandma Annie reminisces about life on her family's Oklahoma farm during the terrible drought of the 1930s when the region was known as the 'Dust Bowl'. Ages 4-8"

$14.95

Fish, Charles, BLUE RIBBONS AND BURLESQUE: A BOOK OF COUNTRY FAIRS. The Countryman Press., 1998. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. 10.25" x 8.25". Photos thoughout on glossy paper. Notes, 272 pages.

$30.00

Hansen, Geoff, and Nicola Smith, HARVEST: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF AN ORGANIC FARM. NEW copy, Hardcover with dust jacket. Lyons Press. 256 pages.
~~~ "... gives us insight into the life of a farm run on a small scale, by family, with support from the community. It's about the bucolic scenes of maple syrup gathering and a young boy trailing his parents, helping with chores. But it's also about the day-to-day reality of family life arguments over work, money, and child-rearing, as well as disputes over who is going to take produce to market or how many animals to keep. Life and death are in stark relief here, but ultimately Harvest is about relationships: the relationship between husband and wife, parent and child, man and land..."

$24.95

Hanson, Victor Davis, FIELDS WITHOUT DREAMS: Defending the Agrarian Idea. NEW copy. TRADE PAPERBACK. (Free Press). 289 pages. ~~~ "Eulogizing the vanishing lifestyle of the family farm, Victor Hanson calls for America to take notice of its lost simplicity and purity before it is too late. 'Victor Davis Hanson . . . is a writer as much as a farmer. His memoir is complex -- passionate, angry, honest, scorching.'"

$13.00

[Haraszthy] Brian McGinty, STRONG WINE: The Life and Legend of Agoston Haraszthy. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Stanford University Press). 579 pages. ~~~ "A biography of one of America's most interesting and influential immigrants, assessing his contributions to American immigration and agricultural history. Haraszthy was a pioneer in developing California's vineyards, founder of one of the earliest towns in Wisconsin, owner and operator of the first steamboat to engage in regular traffic on the upper Mississippi River, the first sheriff of San Diego, and the first Hungarian to permanently settle in the United States."

$24.95

Hargrave, Louisa Thomas, THE VINEYARD. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Viking Penguin, Inc). 254 pages. ~~~ "Louisa and Alex Hargrave were pioneers. Fresh out of Harvard in 1969, in love with each other and their dream of owning a vineyard, they searched the West and East coasts before they bought a run-down 1680-vintage potato farm in 1973, on Long Island's North Fork - and planted ten thousand vinifera vines. At the time, experts said that growing wine grapes on Long Island was impossible. Today, the region is famous for its premium wines. In The Vineyard, the Hargraves learn the joys and hardships of country life. They suffer droughts and storms while learning to navigate the glamorous but treacherous international world of wine. Along the way, they discover that theirs is both a scientific and a spiritual endeavor. Struggling to raise a family, Louisa draws strength from her work in the vinerows. Reveling in the bounty of harvest, the laughter of her children and the magic of a newly blended wine, she tells the bittersweet story of how she and her husband fulfilled their dream."

$24.95

Highsmith, Carol M., BARNS. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Crescent Books/Random House). 64 pages. ~~~ "Like lighthouses and covered bridges, barns are American icons, a nostalgic link to pastoral times when much of the land was in cultivation and a majority of families lived on farms or in small towns. Raising a barn was a community project. Using native materials - from stone to brick to a variety of woods - the barn was built to suit the farmer's needs and the comfort and care of the animals on which his livelihood depended. In her travels across America documenting the sights of many cities, states, and regions, photographer Carol M. Highsmith has captured many wonderful barns on film. They are presented, along with writer Ted Landphair's descriptions, as a tribute to America's working farmers."

$20.00

Holbrook, Stewart H., MACHINES OF PLENTY: PIONEERING IN AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. VG/VG. Jacket price-clipped and slightly chipped. (NY: Macmillan, 1955). Illustrated with plates, bibliography, index.
~~~ A narrative history of American agriculture from colonial timesthrough WWII, centering on the lives of the major agricultural figures: John Deere, Cyrus McCormick, J.I. Case, and others.

$30.00


Horwitz, Richard., HOG TIES: Pigs, Manure and Mortality in American Culture. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (St Martin's Press). 312 pages. ~~~ "From Charlotte's Web to Porky Pig and Babe, Americans are obsessed with pigs. In Hog Ties, Richard Horwitz looks at this obsession, its relation to American culture and the way in which themes of life and death are played out in the care, feeding, slaughtering and eating of pigs. Horwitz grew up in a rural, Jewish household in the Northeast and worked part-time as a farmhand on a large Iowa pig farm. As much a memoir of rural life as it is a work of cultural commentary, Hog Ties looks at the current business of pig farming, its roots in the family farms of the Midwest, and its future in the large conglomerates that take over small farms and increasingly separate the farm families from their land. In the lives and trials of pigs and their caretakers, Horwitz sees a mirror image of our own lives, our fight against myriad diseases, our ultimate death, our possible redemption, and therein discovers the Tao of pig. Hog Ties is a book that readers will ponder long after the last page has been turned."

$27.95

Isern, Thomas D., BULL THRESHERS & BINDLESTIFFS: Harvesting and Threshing on the North American Plains. NF/NF. Covers very slightly bowed. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1990). Photographs, documents, tables, notes, index, 248 pages.
~~~ Bull Threshers and Bindlestiffs is a panorama on a continental canvas: the Great Plains of North America, stretching from Texas to Alberta. Onto this surface the author lays the large features of regional practice in the harvesting and threshing of wheat during the days before the combined harvester—harvesting with binder and header, threshing with bull thresher and steam engine. Into the picture he places the key figures who accomplished the task of gathering the grain -— the farm men and women, the custom threshermen, and the bindlestiffs, or itinerant laborers. Affectionately he sketches the small details of folklife that comprised the everyday work and culture of the wheat belt—building shocks, loading racks, constructing stacks, pitching bundles into the separator, hauling water to the engine, drinking deep from the crockery water jug. Bull Threshers and Bindlestiffs is a profusely illustrated study of a complex, vigorous regional culture concerned with the production of wheat—a culture that centered around the annual harvest and declined with the advent of the combine. This is an examination of the interaction of culture, environment, and technology with import for the fields of agricultural history and regional history. More than that, with its grassroots research, its descriptions of tools and customs, and its lavish illustrations, it is a re-creation of a proud phase of regional life previously captured only in yellowed albumen photographs.

$29.95

Klinkenborg, Verlyn, MAKING HAY. Nick Lyons Books, 1986., NF/VG. Front upper right corner of DJ sunbleached: design & lettering unaffected. Original price of "$14.95" intact. In thin mylar protector. Illustrated by Gordon Allen. Notes. 157 pp. ~~~ "The rural midwesterners and westerners in this book are warmly and intelligently and humorously depicted, warts and all, in language that often approaches poetry in its lilt and freshness. While MAKING HAY may be about making hay, the quality of its writing makes it literature." (--John Graves). Author' s first book. SIGNED BY AUTHOR.

$50.00

Klinkenborg, Verlyn, THE RURAL LIFE. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Little, Brown & Co.). 213 pages. ~~~ "With an eloquence unmatched by any other living writer, Verlyn Klinkenborg observes the juncture at which our lives and the natural world intersect. His yearlong meditation on the rigors and wonders of country life - encompassing memories of his family's lowa homestead, time spent in the wide-open spaces of the American West, and his experiences on the small farm in upstate New York where he lives with his wife - abounds with vicarious pleasures for the reader as it indelibly records and celebrates the everyday beauty of the world we inhabit."

$20.00

Kumin, Maxine, IN DEEP: COUNTRY ESSAYS. Beacon Press, Boston, 1988., VG, Paperback, corners very slighly bumped, otherwise tight & clean. 180 pp. ~~~ From Library Journal: "From a hillside farm in New Hampshire, a talented and perceptive Pulitzer Prize-winning poet records the sprawl and benevolence of nature with intelligence, humor, and tenacity of spirit. These essays are for the most part in love with horses and other equines, but they also praise country kitchens, varieties of wild mushrooms, sugar maples, and hard work. They are a lively record of country life, connecting its intricacies and wonders to more reflective speculations on human presence and creativity. In one inventive essay, the virtues of mules are surveyed and extolled, and a witty analogy is drawn between them and poets. Overall, both the stability and vicissitudes of country life are set down, revealing an unpretentious, varied, and hearty livelihood."

$15.00

[Mallory] Grady McWhiney, Warner O. Moore, Jr., and Robert F. Pace (eds), FEAR GOD AND WALK HUMBLY: The Agricultural Journal of James Mallory, 1843-1877 . NEW copy (still in shrinkwrap), hardcover with dust jacket. (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1997). 687 pages.
~~~ From DONALD L. WINTERS Vanderbilt University: "Libraries and archives across the South hold hundreds of nineteenthcentury agricultural journals, in which farmers recorded observations about their daily lives and, occasionally, events in the wider world. Few of these sources, however, are as rich and informative as the account James Mallory kept over a period that many historians regard as the most critical three decades in United States history. Mallory, with his wife, infant daughter, and members of his extended family, moved from Virginia to Alabama in 1834. He settled in Talladega County, located in the Black Belt in east-central Alabama, where he remained until his death in 1877. Although Grady McWhiney, one of the editors of this fine book, claims that "Mallory never became a great planter or an extensive slaveholder" (xvi), he was indisputably well-off: in 1860, he owned one-thousand acres of land (four hundred improved) and thirty slaves, and his farm produced some seventy bales of cotton annually. Most historians today would place him in the planter category, but regardless of classification, Mallory's agricultural journal provides a powerful commentary on southern life during the Civil War era.
~~~ In his farming operations, Mallory appears to have been typical of southern agriculturalists in the mid-nineteenth century. He was preoccupied with daily routine, with the myriad activities that defined the seasonal rhythms of rural life. He agonized over natural conditions-too little rain and too much rain, early and late frosts, cotton worms, and wheat rust. Mallory understood that a successful farming enterprise depended as much on supplying food and fiber for the household as it did on producing goods for the market, and he meticulously recorded information on grain crops, hog butchering, vegetable gardens, and fruit orchards. Journal entries reflect a deep concern over business conditions, such as fluctuations in the cotton market, bank failures, and the country's balance-of-trade, that affected commercial agriculture. An enlightened agriculturalist, he experimented with diverse types of fertilizers, different strains of crops, various farm implements, and innovative methods for improving yields. The journal is disappointing in one crucial regard. Unlike most slaveholders' accounts, Mallory's relates practically nothing about the management and treatment of his labor force.
~~~ As useful as it is in detailing agricultural practices and conditions during the Civil War era, the journal's greatest value comes from the insights it provides into Mallory's political and social views. Before the Civil War, Mallory was a staunch Whig, an admirer of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, and a supporter of state aid to railroads. He condemned the rise of the "Black" Republican party and congressional efforts to prevent the extension of slavery into the territories. Still, he remained an unyielding Unionist until the outbreak of the Civil War; thereafter, he became a devoted supporter of the Confederate cause. His observations during the war furnish a poignant account of one southerner's reactions to the bloody conflict. Mallory complained frequently and vehemently about Radical Republican rule during Reconstruction. He was especially critical of policies regarding the recently emancipated slaves, which he believed encouraged indolent and irresponsible behavior and would eventually lead to the economic ruin of the South. Because Mallory shared these views with many of his southern contemporaries, the journal sheds light on the broader society in which he lived.
~~~ In other respects Mallory was exceptional, particularly in the breadth of his interests. He possessed a keen political sense and commented perceptively on affairs ranging from efforts to annex Texas in the 1840s to the disputed presidential election of 1876. He had a profound interest in world affairs, often delivering judgments on events in Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere. An intensely devout man, he regularly attended church, participated in summer revival meetings, and frequently lamented his neighbors' lack of religious commitment. Despite his belief in the innate inferiority of blacks, he occasionally attended black churches and commented favorably on the services. Mallory advocated formal education for girls as well as boys and saw that his daughters received proper schooling.
~~~ This book is a gem. It provides a wide-ranging microcosm of southern life during a turbulent period of United States history. It supplies evidence that supports many of the current historical interpretations of the economy and society of the nineteenth century. At the same time, it challenges some widely held notions about how people at the time thought and behaved. It is also a fascinating story of one southerner's response to what was occurring in the world around him. The book is superbly edited. Endnotes explain references to individuals, occurrences, legislation, organizations, obscure terms-virtually anything that might create confusion for the reader. The index is exhaustive and easy to use. Professional historians, agriculturalists, genealogists, and those simply interested in southern history will find James Mallory's journal worthwhile reading. The University of Alabama Press deserves praise for producing a handsome volume and for remembering that the traditional function of a university press is to publish useful and informative, if not necessarily profitable, books."
~~~ Currently in print at $49.95.

$45.00

Mohler, J.C., TWENTIETH BIENNIAL REPORT OF THE KANSAS STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE TO THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE, FOR THE YEARS 1915 AND 1916. Kansas Department of Agriculture, Topeka, 1917., VG. Blue blind stamped boards with State Seal stamped on cover and ornate gilt lettering (bright) on spine. Light spotting on covers (see photo). Several small dark spots on bottom page-edges. Overall, the boards & spine are properly dark & glossy & in nice condition. Minimal edgewear to corners (no tears or chips). Both interior hinges cracked, though still attached. Interior otherwise clean and tight. Photographs, illustrations, diagrams. ~~~ Topics covered include: Rural Welfare, Extension Service, Home Economics, Farm Homes, Farm Management, Rural Engineering, Soils & Crops, Live Stock, Poultry, Farm Forestry, A List of Books for Farmers, Proceedings of the Board, Extensive county by county statistical tables on crops, acerages & livestock. Census tables. Index. 747 pages.

$40.00

Mohler, J.C., TWENTY-THIRD BIENNIAL REPORT OF THE KANSAS STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE TO THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE, FOR THE YEARS 1921 AND 1922.. Kansas Department of Agriculture, Topeka, 1923., VG. Blue blind stamped boards with State Seal stamped on cover and ornate gilt lettering (bright) on spine. A very light, uniform spotting to rear board, with a very little to spine. The spotting is only noticeable when held at a certain angle to t he light. Overall, the boards & spine are properly dark & glossy & in nice condition. Minimal edgewear to corners (no tears or chips). Interior of book in excellent condition, except that front interior hinge is partially cracked (though still bas ically tight). Remainder of interior is clean, bright & tight. A very nice copy with bright spine. Photographs, illustrations, diagrams, 622 pp. Topics covered include: Rural Welfare, Rural Entertainments, Farm Economics, Home Economics, Water Suppl y & Sewage Disposal on the Farm, The Rural Schoolhouse, Livestock, Dual-Purpose Cow, Kansas Wheat, Apple Trees, Alfalfa Seed, Sudan Grass, Potatoes, Bindweed, Blackhull Wheat. Extensive county by county statistical tables on crops, acerages & livestock.

$30.00

Mohler, J.C., Secretary, TWENTY-SIXTH BIENNIAL REPORT OF THE KANSAS STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE TO THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE, FOR THE YEARS 1927 AND 1928.. Kansas Department of Agriculture, Topeka, 1928., VG. Blue blind stamped boards with State Seal stamped on cover and ornate gilt lettering (moderately bright) on spine. No edgewear or other apparent flaws, except slight foxing to top of book on page edges. Interior clean, tight & bright throughout . Book appears to have come straight from storage. Photographs, illustrations, diagrams, including a 20" fold-out chart: "Twenty Years of Kansas Agriculture. 597 pp. Topics covered include: Rural Schools, 4-H Club, County Fairs, Elevators, Farm Fi res, Bindweed, Rural Electrification, Soil Erosion, Cattle Breeding, Dairy Production, Alfalfa Diseases, Potatoes, Bluestem Pastures, Sweet Clover, Harvesting Wheat w/ Combines, Grain Storage. Extensive county by county statistical tables on crops, acerages & livestock.

$40.00

Mohler, J.C., Secretary, TWENTY-FIFTH BIENNIAL REPORT OF THE KANSAS STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE TO THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE, FOR THE YEARS 1925 AND 1926.. Kansas Department of Agriculture, Topeka, 1926., VG+. Blue blind stamped boards with State Seal stamped on cover and ornate gilt lettering (bright) on spine. No edgewear or other apparent flaws, except some rippling & slight browning to edges of opening pages. Binding beginning to separate betwee n pages 16-17, at the first signature. Still, all-in-all, an uncommonly clean, bright copy for a utilitarian book of its age. Photographs, illustrations, diagrams, including a 20" fold-out chart: "Twenty Years of Kansas Agriculture." 704 pp. Topics covered include: 4-H Clubs, Kansas Crop-Reporting Service, Banking & Farming, Roadside Markets, Rural Schools, Kansas Wheat, State System of Roads, Gas Engines, Tractors, Rural Electrification, Farm Horses, Cow-testing, Veterinarians, Sorghum, Wheat Smut, Corn Borer. Extensive county by county statistical tables on crops, acerages & livestock.

$30.00

Mohler, J.C., Secretary, TWENTY-FOURTH BIENNIAL REPORT OF THE KANSAS STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE TO THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE, FOR THE YEARS 1923 AND 1924.. Kansas Department of Agriculture, Topeka, 1924., Good+. Blue blind stamped boards with State Seal stamped on cover and ornate gilt lettering (bright) on spine. A little white spotting & water spotting to front board & spine. Minimal edgewear to corners (no tears or chips), though water spotting t o bottom of front board has affected the finish. Front board has been slightly crunched along right edge, slightly tearing the fabric right on the edge. Interior of book in excellent condition, except that frontispiece page, on blank side, is foxed & rippled. Binding a little loose, but otherwise uncracked & intact. Remainder of interior is clean, bright & tight. Overall still a sound copy with bright spine. Photographs, illustrations, diagrams, with one 18" foldout chart: "Twenty Years of Kan sas Agriculture". 682 pp. Topics covered include: Rural Welfare, Pocket Gophers, Kansas Wheat, Farm Economics, Home Economics, Rural Engineering, Irrigation, Electric Service for the Farm, Horses, Flint Hills of Kansas, Poland China Hogs, Lambs, Sheep, Jersey Cows, Guernsey Cows, Ayrshires, Holsteins. Extensive county by county statistical tables on crops, acerages & livestock.

$17.00

Mohler, J.C., Secretary, TWENTIETH BIENNIAL REPORT OF THE KANSAS STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE TO THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE, FOR THE YEARS 1915 AND 1916.. Kansas Department of Agriculture, Topeka, 1917., Good+. Blue blind stamped boards with State Seal stamped on cover and ornate gilt lettering (dulled) on spine, with some minor soiling & white spotting.. Minimal edgewear to spine-ends & corners (no tears or chips). A little white spotting to cove rs & spine. Interior of book in good condition, though all pages are very lightly & uniformly browned, though still supple and not brittle. Main topics include: Rural Welfare, Extension Service, Home Economics, Farm Homes, Farm Management, Rural E ngineering, Soils & Crops, Live Stock, Poultry, Farm Forestry, Also Population, Crop, Livestock, & Acreage Production Statistics. Profusely illustrated with drawings & photographs. Statistical tables, index, 747 pp.

$15.00

Mohler, J.C., Secretary, NINETEENTH BIENNIAL REPORT OF THE KANSAS STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE TO THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE, FOR THE YEARS 1913 AND 1914.. Kansas Department of Agriculture, Topeka, 1915., VG. Blind-stamped blue boards with ornate gilt lettering on spine. A clean copy with light edgewear to top & bottom of spine & outer edge of boards. Front hinge a little loose but intact. Rear interior hinge broken but attached by webbing. Interior otherwise tight & clean. Still a very nice, presentable copy. Main topics of book include: Schools & Churches, Social Centers, Public Highways, Agricultural Fairs, Cooperation in Kansas, Agricultural Agents & Farmers' Bureaus, Irrigation by Pumpin g in Kansas, Farm Management, Domestic Economy, Agricultural Engineering, The Soil, Field Crops, Live Stock, Dairying, Poultry Culture, Entomology, The Record-Smashing Wheat Crop of Kansas, among others. Profusely illustrated with photographs, chart s, drawings, field maps. Statistical tables & index, 1024 pp.

$30.00

Mohler, J.C., Secretary, REPORTS OF THE KANSAS STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE, 1942. Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1942., VG. Half leather over blue/gold marbled boards. Rear hinge showing a 2" crack, but interior hinge still strong (hinge stoutly bound with heavy cloth). A few pages browned at extremity, but interior overall in excellent condition. Aside from cracked hinge, exterior of book is VG, with only very slight edgewear. Gilt lettering on leather spine still bright. Spine has raised bands. Volume consists of several seperate publications professionally bound in a strong sewn binding. The sections are as follows: PAMPHLET & PROGRAM of the 71st Annual Meeting of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, January 14-16, 1942; 14 REPORTS (released to morning or evening newspapers) on various agricultural topics, each a foldout sheet as delivere d t o th e newspapers, sewn into the binding; STALLION REGISTRATIONS, 1941 (50 pp); REPORT OF THE KANSAS STATE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE, APRIL 1942, Kansas Agricultural Convention, 1942: Containing the Addresses, Papers & Discussions at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Board, January 14-16, 1942. Contains, among other topics, a discussion of wartime policy, the Selective Service, and their effect on Kansas agriculture (112 pp); SHEEP IN KANSAS (120 pp); ANALYSES OF COMMERCIAL FEEDS (52 pp) ; A STATE PLAN OF WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT (58 pp) with foldout charts & maps, including a 39"x 35" foldout color map of the Neosha River Basin; KANSAS CROP AND LIVESTOCK STATISTICS, 1941-1942, Biennial Summary, Crops, Livestock, Population, Assessed Va luation (112 pp). About 400 pages total.

$50.00

POPULISM and the
AGRARIAN REVOLT



Argersinger, Peter H., THE LIMITS OF AGRARIAN RADICALISM: WESTERN POPULISM & AMERICAN POLITICS.. University Press of Kansas., NEW, still in shrinkwrap. Essays. 312 pp.
~~~ "As Ross Perot proved in 1992, even when funded by a bottomless bank account, American third parties have always struggled in their efforts to achieve recognition and political power. Yet even in defeat their contributions to national politics have been substantial. That, Peter Argersinger contends, was certainly true of the Populists a century earlier. ~~~ Argersinger, one of our nation's foremost historians of the Populist era, brings together in this volume some of his best and most influential essays—ranging from a study of a single election campaign to complex analyses of political organizations, legislative behavior, and government institutions. Together they amply display his consistently sharp and wide-ranging insights on this important moment in American life. ~~~ Argersinger examines, among other things, the Populists' evolution in electoral politics, from creating a party to running election campaigns; the enormous obstacles they overcame in the process of electing a U.S. Senator; specific laws and procedures that suppressed Populism's full political participation; hardwon successes in Western state legislatures in the face of powerful enemies and numerous internal disputes; and the Populists' long-standing struggles and frustrations with the U.S Congress. ~~~ Throughout Argersinger illuminates the fundamental ways in which Populism challenged our political system and brings to life its volatile personalities, dramatic controversies, visionary programs, and enduring frustrations. (So frustrating that an Oklahoma Populist once pulled a gun on the Speaker of the House who kept refusing to recognize his request to speak to the assembly.) ~~~ Of special interest to political, social, rural, Western, and Gilded Age historians, this book provides a timely reminder of the political constraints on third parties in America."

$35.00

Clanton, Gene,. POPULISM: THE HUMANE PREFERENCE IN AMERICA, 1890-1900. Macmillan Library Reference , 1991. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Notes and references, bibliographic essay, index, 198 pages. "Twayne's Social Movements Series". Synopsis: "After discussing the origins of the Populist Party "before 1890, {Clanton}focuses on its evolution: appearance of third parties in several states in 1890, organization of a national party in 1891-1892, party activities at state and federal levels, fusion with the Bryanized democracy in 1896, and disappearance thereafter." (J Am Hist). "Gene Clanton, professor of history at Washington State University, presents a history of the Populist party that derives centrally from the Populists' espousal of the 'humane concept': Public policy should stem from a primary commitment to human rights rather than to property rights. Clanton provides ample support for this perspective. . . . {The author}makes important and well-supported arguments regarding key factors in the development of Populism. . . . {However}, Clanton draws relatively few examples from the extensive literature that has treated Populism in various states or regions; he takes many examples instead from events in Kansas (about which he published a detailed study {Kansas Populism, BRD 1970}). This conveys a sense of the gritty reality of the movement but also means that Kansas sometimes looms out of proportion. . . . Withal, this is the best treatment of the entire topic of Populism since John D. Hicks's Populist Revolt {BRD 1931}." OUT OF PRINT.

$25.00

McConnell, Grant, THE DECLINE OF AGRARIAN DEMOCRACY. VG/VG. Some chipping to jacket, which is in mylar. Front & rear flyleafs browned from jacket flaps. Cover corners worn, especially bottom corners where cloth is worn away. Book otherwise tight and clean. (Berkeley & L.A.: University of California Press, 1959). Tables, extensive notes, index, 226 pages.
~~~ "Before the beginning of this century, the farmer was the common man. He was the democratic individul pitted against the injustices inherent in great concentration of power. Mr. McConnell regards the great farm movements of the nineteenth century as a protest against the system of power arising from the raw and turbulent capitalism of this era. ~~~ 'In the first five decades of the twentienth century,' writes the author, 'the quality of agrarianism has been transformed. The monumental fact of the period is the rise of a structure of political power based on farm organization that extends from thousands of localities through every level of government to the highest councils of the nation. This structure not only prepresents a repudiation of the traditional agrarian distrust of power, but in its development has been the direct cause of some of the most disturbing passages in American politics.' ~~~ What, then, is the caracter of this new power structure within agriculture? How have these changes come about? The answers lie in thenature of the forces that dominate agriculture today. One of these is the system of agricultural education developed since the end of the nineteenth century. Another is the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Most important by far, the author shows, is the American Farm Bureau Federation. The pattern of interrelationships among those forces forms the subject of this book. ~~~ Mr McConnell discusses traditional agrarianism and the various farm movements which emphasized in their programs broad political demands to ensure the operations of democracy. Against this historical background he shows the diminished role of the individual farmer in modern life. ~~~~ Since 1920 the task of welding the nations's farmers into a political force has been accomplished by the American Farm Burean Federation, which originally was an outgrowth of the county agent system that had been promoted by the Department of Agriculture and business interests. It is a direct product of governmental organization, and its rise has heavily involved the land-grant colleges in agricultural politics. ~~~ Today the Farm Bureau wields a power unprecedented among farm organizations. Its influence has derived from its manipulation of other groups, the quality of its membership, and a studied policy of decentralization. The structure of power which has been built around the Farm Bureau constitutes a sharp break with our historic tradition of agrarian democracy." ~~~ OUT OF PRINT.

$65.00



Rasmussen, Wayne D. (ed), READINGS IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. (Urbana: University of Illinois, 1960). VG/VG. Previous owner's inked signature in two places on interior flaps of dust jacket. Minor edgewear to jacket, which is in mylar. Book otherwise tight and clean. Photographs, chronology, bibliography, index, 340 pages. A narrative history of American agriculture from the early 1600s to 1960.

$35.00

Spence, Clark C., SALVATION ARMY FARM COLONIES. University of Arizona Press, 1985. NEW copy. Hardcover in dust jacket. Notes, bibliographic essay, index, 151 pages. "Around the turn of the century, the Salvation Army founded three {farm colonies}in Colorado, Ohio, and California in an effort to relieve urbanpoverty that followed in the wake of rapid industrialization. Conceived by founder William Booth, the project was organized by his son-in-law Frederick Booth-Tucker, commander of the Salvation Army in the United States. Clark Spence {presents an} account of this back-to-the-land experiment."

$28.00



Telleen, Maurice, THE DRAFT HORSE PRIMER: A Guide to the Care and Use of Work Horses and Mules. University of (Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, 1977. Illustrated, index, 386 pages.
~~~ In the 1940s, the agricultural establishment decreed that the day of the draft horse in the United States was over, and that modern farming demanded machinery to make it work. but Marice Telleen argues in The Draft Horse Primer that draft horses and mules can serve a useful function on today's farms, especially as the cost of farm equipment and the fuel to run it increases exponentially. many farmers must agree with him, because the demand for draft animals has risen significantly since 1960. ~~~ Unfortunately, the USDA and the land grant colleges allowed their bulletins about draft horses to go out of print, and old-times who worked with horses are getting scarce. Homesteaders and farmers who would like to farm with horses often have nowhere to turn for vital information about their animals. This book was written with them in mind. Drawing on those still-useful publications of the USDA, the Draft Horse and Mule Association, and the land-grant colleges; on material from Draft Horse Journal, Western Horseman, and Organic Gardening and Farming; and on the author's years of experience as a farmer and draft horseman, it is the only publication of its kind available.

$45.00


Svobida, Lawrence, FARMING THE DUST BOWL: A First-Hand Account from Kansas. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK. University Press of Kansas, 2000. 43 photographs, 256 pages.
~~~ "This is a powerful original account of one man's efforts to raise wheat on his farm in Meade County, Kansas, during the 1930s. Lawrence Svobida tells of farmers "fighting in the front-line trenches, putting in crop after crop, year after year, only to see each crop in turn destroyed by the elements." Although not a writer by trade, Svobida undertook to record what he saw and experienced "to help the reader to understand what is taking place in the Great Plains region, and how serious it is." He wrote of the need for better farming methods--the only way, he felt, the destruction could be halted or confined. Well before the principles of an ecological movement were widely embraced, Svobida urged a public acceptance of the "sovereign rights of the states and the nation to regulate the use of land by owners . . .so that it may be conserved as a national resource." This graphic account of farm life in the Dust Bowl--perhaps the only autobiographical record of Dust Bowl agriculture in existence--was first published in 1941. This new edition contains an introduction by the historian R. Douglas Hurt that not only objectively sets the scene during and after the Dust bowl, but also places the book properly in the growing body of contemporary literature on agriculture and land use. The volume is an important contribution to American agricultural history in general, and the the history of the Depression and of the Great Plains in particular."

$9.95

Waller, Robert James, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (Warner Books). 171 pages. "One warm 1960s summer day Robert Kincaid walks into the quaint Iowa town of Winterset to photograph its beautiful old bridges for a photo essay for National Geographic. Asking directions at a local farmhouse, he meets Francesca, a beautiful farm wife whose family is away at the state fair. They fall deeply and immediately in love. For four days, they revel in one another's beauty and the magic that they bring to each other. When it comes time for him to leave, Robert wants her to go with him, but she makes the painful decision to stay with her family. After Robert's gone, Francesca keeps track of him through his pictures in National Geographic. She notices the careworn lines of his well-traveled face, the medallion around his neck that bears her name. After he dies, his ashes are scattered near the bridge they photographed together, and she receives a box of his personal effects. When she dies, she leaves them to her children, along with three volumes of writing which contain her story of their love. True love shines in this spare, simple story. The love story of Robert and Francesca is as universal and eternal as Romeo and Juliet."

$12.95

Wik, Reynold M., STEAM POWER ON THE AMERICAN FARM. VG/VG. Jacket in mylar. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1953, 1959). Third printing. Extensive notes, bibliography, appendices, index, 288 pages.
~~~ Table of Contents: Preface; Steam Power Comes to the Farm; The Portable Agricultural Steam Engline; Portable Steam Engines used for Threshing Purposes; Self-Propelled Agricultural Steam Engines; The Steam-Engine Boom, 1885-1912; The Heyday of Steam Power on the Farm; Distribution, Financing, and Sale of Steam Traction Engines; Threshermen's Organizations and Schools; The Development of the Tractor and the Decline of Steam Power.
~~~ "In 1786, Thomas Jefferson recognized the potentialities of steam as a moving power when he wrote: 'The power of this agent steam though long known is but now beginning to be applied to various purposes of which it is susceptible.' By the 19th century, interest in this new developement in the field of technology was rife. Steam power as a boon to industry, commerce, and transportation fascinated the minds of historians and novelists. But the application of steam to farm production, a revolutionary approach to agrarian enterprise, has been a long-neglected subject. ~~~ Steam power provided the first successful mechanical prime mover to be used for agricultural purposes. This study of the farm steam engine examines the benefits derived from the arrival of steam on the farms of the major grain-growing regions of the United States and the frontiers of the expanding West. Professor Wik has produced a definitive study of these first mechanical power units, the financing of the engines, and the part played by the men responsible for their success."
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.

$75.00







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