By Dona Brown

ISBN-10: 0299250741

ISBN-13: 9780299250744

For many, “going again to the land” brings to brain the Sixties and 1970s—hippie communes and the summer season of affection, the entire Earth Catalog and mom Earth information. extra lately, the circulate has reemerged in a brand new enthusiasm for in the neighborhood produced foodstuff and extra sustainable power paths. yet those newest back-to-the-landers are a part of a far higher tale. american citizens were dreaming of returning to the land ever given that they began to go away it. In Back to the Land, Dona Brown explores the historical past of this routine impulse.            ?           

            Back-to-the-landers have frequently been seen as nostalgic escapists or romantic nature-lovers. yet their very own phrases demonstrate a extra advanced tale. In such initiatives as Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Broadacre City,” and Helen and Scott Nearing’s quest for “the solid life,” Brown reveals that the go back to the farm has intended much less a going-backwards than a going-forwards, how to meet the demanding situations of the fashionable period. revolutionary reformers driven for homesteading to assist impoverished employees get out of bad city slums. Depression-era back-to-the-landers, cautious of the centralizing energy of the recent Deal, embraced a brand new “third means” politics of decentralism and regionalism. Later nonetheless, the flow merged with environmentalism. to appreciate american citizens’ reaction to those back-to-the-land rules, Brown turns to the fan letters of standard readers—retired lecturers and overworked clerks, fresh immigrants and unmarried girls. In looking their rural roots, Brown argues, americans have striven principally for the independence and self-sufficiency they go together with the agrarian ideal.

 

 

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