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Abstract

Agriculture is an industry that defines a unique society in the American Midwest. When farming technologies changed, agriculture as a system and society also changed. This thesis explores the critical changes that farmers faced during the 20th Century. Those links include a changing educational system, which would guide farmers into the world of mechanical farming technology, and the permeation of that technology in farm society. The economic cost of the changing aspects of agriculture drove social and technological change that took place during the years of the Great Depression through the 1980s Farm Crisis. Finally, this thesis covers the future growth of family corporations as a coping mechanism for families to deal with the increased economic burden that the technological changes brought about for farmers.

Year of Submission

2019

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of History

First Advisor

Joanne Goldman, chair

Date Original

2019

Object Description

1 PDF file (vii, 92 pages)

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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