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Agricultural History (2001) 75 (4): 395–405.
Published: 01 October 2001
...R. Douglas Hurt Copyright 2001 Agricultural History Society 2001 [Footnotes] 1 C. R. Fenster , " Potential and Problems of Ecofarming in Drier Environments ," Proceedings of the Great Plains Agricultural Council , 1982 , Lincoln, Neb., 56 Wes Jackson , New...
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Agricultural History (2015) 89 (4): 536–558.
Published: 01 October 2015
...Julie Courtwright Abstract Rainmaking flourished on the Great Plains during the 1890s drought. A complicated hybrid of sincere belief in science and confidence games, Plains peoples' willingness to place tentative faith in the practice reflected larger insecurities about the advisability...
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Agricultural History (2005) 79 (4): 462–477.
Published: 01 October 2005
...Warren Elofson Abstract Many of the men who headed west to establish the open range ranching system on the northern Great Plains in the late nineteenth century failed to grasp the enormous challenge that faced them. Attempting to produce quality live-stock for local and eastern markets, they found...
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Agricultural History (2009) 83 (2): 221–246.
Published: 01 April 2009
...JOSHUA D. MACFADYEN Abstract A new thirst for paint and color in cities made extensive flax production profitable in the northern Great Plains and Prairies and contributed to the cultivation of the most fragile grassland ecosystems. The production of flax seed for linseed oil became an early spin...
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Agricultural History (2007) 81 (2): 281–283.
Published: 01 April 2007
...Kent Blaser On the Great Plains: Agriculture and Environment . Geoff Cunfer . Copyright 2007 Agricultural History Society 2007 2007 Book Reviews American agriculture to share center stage with conventional agriculture. Nevertheless, the grist for such an explanatory framework can...
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Agricultural History (2007) 81 (4): 493–521.
Published: 01 October 2007
... farmers had developed an unproblematic set of techniques, the presence of which was essential before large-scale European settlement of the Prairies could begin. American historians of Great Plains agriculture present a far different picture of those American farmers. Dry farming in the United States did...
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Agricultural History (2003) 77 (4): 636–638.
Published: 01 October 2003
...Donald J. Pisani The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains . Dan Flores . Copyright 2003 Agricultural History Society 2003 636 / Agricultural History Heffilan Taubeneck and his successor, Marion Butler. However, in an argument that echoes Peter...
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Agricultural History (2011) 85 (4): 540–559.
Published: 01 October 2011
...Geoff Cunfer Abstract In 1936–1937 the US Soil Conservation Service conducted a reconnaissance survey of the Dust Bowl, the area of worst wind erosion on the southern Great Plains. Providing farm-level detail and covering twenty-six counties in five states—some twenty-seven million acres or forty...
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Agricultural History (2013) 87 (2): 268–269.
Published: 01 April 2013
...Elizabeth Dodd Prairie Fire: A Great Plains History . By Julie Courtwright . Lawrence : University Press of Kansas , 2011 . 288 pp., $29.95 , hardback, ISBN 978-0-7006-1794-4 . © the Agricultural History Society, 2013 2013 Agricultural History Spring effectively arguing...
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Agricultural History (2014) 88 (2): 147–174.
Published: 01 April 2014
...Warren Elofson Abstract This paper compares the levels of violence and law breaking on the cattle frontiers of the northern Great Plains of North America and the Northern Territory of Australia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It argues that various conditions peculiar...
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Agricultural History (2014) 88 (3): 441–442.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Geoff Cunfer The Big Empty: The Great Plains in the Twentieth Century . By R. Douglas Hurt . Tucson : University of Arizona Press , 2011 . 344 pp., $29.95 , paperback, ISBN 978-0-8165-2972-8 . © the Agricultural History Society, 2014 2014 2014 Book Reviews Wells-Furby s...
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Agricultural History (2021) 95 (3): 549–551.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Amanda Brickell Bellows The American Steppes: The Unexpected Russian Roots of Great Plains Agriculture, 1870s–1930s . By David Moon . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 2020 . 352 pp., $120.00 , hardback, ISBN 9781107103603. © 2021 Agricultural History Society 2021 Book...
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Agricultural History (2020) 94 (2): 205–223.
Published: 01 April 2020
... and on the Great Plains. Successful apple growing in this relatively small, ecologically and economically distinct region faced many geo-specific obstacles. Although the Black Hills provided shelter from winter winds, moderated temperatures, and provided enough water—at least compared to the surrounding northern...
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Agricultural History (2010) 84 (2): 250–251.
Published: 01 April 2010
...Richard Lowitt The Great Plains during World War II . R. Douglas Hurt . © 2010 Agricultural History Society 2010 AgriculturHalistory Spring Thosewhofocusonfarmerws hoenduredlifeinthesouthernswamplands willappreciatethedeathtollthefamilysufferedinthemid...
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Agricultural History (2005) 79 (1): 109–110.
Published: 01 January 2005
...C. Fred Williams Profiting from the Plains: The Great Northern Railway and Corporate Development of the American West . Claire Strom . Copyright 2005 Agricultural History Society 2005 Book Reviews / 109 that growers, having created a wine glut in the state, will next seek economic...
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Agricultural History (2015) 89 (4): 606–607.
Published: 01 October 2015
...John Hayes Agricultural History Fall was seen through to fulfillment by a remarkable collective effort. Matthew Mitchelson Kennesaw State University Trouble in Goshen: Plain Folk, Roosevelt, Jesus, and Marx in the Great Depression South. By Fred C. Smith. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi...
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Agricultural History (2014) 88 (2): 262–288.
Published: 01 April 2014
... filming. To wield such emotional power responsibly demands great attention to accuracy and nuance. In the fall of 2013 these four historians met at the Northern Great Plains History Conference to discuss Ken Burns's latest work on the Dust Bowl. Each of the panelists presents a different critique...
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Agricultural History (2023) 97 (1): 1–47.
Published: 01 February 2023
... of the Great Plains, these disasters could not be forecast, and employers instead shunted climatic risk onto impoverished migrants, whose contracts were ad hoc, informal, and could be made, completed, or broken in a matter of hours. It compiles data from over ten thousand newspapers in the Great Plains to show...
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Agricultural History (2009) 83 (3): 352–383.
Published: 01 July 2009
... the number of crop varieties commercially available to farmers and promoted fencerow-to-fencerow monocultures. Many historians trace the origins of this style of industrialized agriculture to the last great plow-up of the Great Plains in the 1920s. In the literature, farms in the plains are often described...
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Agricultural History (2005) 79 (3): 253–280.
Published: 01 July 2005
...Andrew R. Graybill Abstract During the cattle boom of the late nineteenth century, homesteaders at either end of the Great Plains raised livestock in conjunction with the cultivation of crops. In order to support their small herds of cattle, these individuals relied on unfettered access to grass...