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The Resource Sod busting : how families made farms on the nineteenth-century plains, David B. Danbom

Sod busting : how families made farms on the nineteenth-century plains, David B. Danbom

Label
Sod busting : how families made farms on the nineteenth-century plains
Title
Sod busting
Title remainder
how families made farms on the nineteenth-century plains
Statement of responsibility
David B. Danbom
Title variation
How families made farms on the nineteenth-century plains
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Stretching beyond the sweeping accounts typical of standard textbooks, Danbom challenges students to think about the many practicalities of surviving on the Great Plains in the late nineteenth century by providing a detailed account of how settlers acquired land and made homes, farms, and communities. He examines the physical and climatic obstacles of the plains - perhaps America's most inhospitable frontier - and shows how settlers sheltered themselves, gained access to fuel and water, and broke the land for agriculture. Treating the Great Plains as a post-industrial frontier, Danbom delves into the economic motivations of settlers, as well as the physically and economically difficult process of farm making. He explains how settlers got the capital they needed to succeed and how they used the labor of the entire family to survive until farms returned profits. He examines closely the business decisions that determined the success or failure of these farmers in a boom-and-bust economy; details the creation of churches, schools, and service centers that enriched the social and material lives of the settlers; and shows how the support of government, railroads, and other businesses contributed to the success of plains settlement. Based on contemporary accounts, settlers' reminiscences, and the work of other historians, Sod Busting dives deeply into the practical realities of how things worked to make vivid one of the quintessentially American experiences, breaking new land."--Back cover
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Danbom, David B.
Dewey number
630.978
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
S441
LC item number
.D28 2014
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
S441
NAL item number
.D28 2014
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
How things worked
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Farmers
  • Agriculture
  • Farmers
  • Agriculture
  • Farmers
  • Great Plains
  • Landwirtschaft
  • Familienbetrieb
  • Great Plains
  • Agriculteurs
  • Exploitations agricoles familiales
Label
Sod busting : how families made farms on the nineteenth-century plains, David B. Danbom
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 109-121) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How they acquired land -- How they built farms -- How they got credit -- How they built communities -- How the plains matured
Control code
ocn866563746
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 129 pages
Isbn
9781421414515
Lccn
2013044629
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781421414515
  • (OCoLC)866563746
Label
Sod busting : how families made farms on the nineteenth-century plains, David B. Danbom
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 109-121) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
How they acquired land -- How they built farms -- How they got credit -- How they built communities -- How the plains matured
Control code
ocn866563746
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 129 pages
Isbn
9781421414515
Lccn
2013044629
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781421414515
  • (OCoLC)866563746

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