Prosperity Far Distant: The Journal of an American Farmer, 1933-1934 by Charles M. WiltseProsperity Far Distant: The Journal of an American Farmer, 1933-1934 by Charles M. Wiltse

Prosperity Far Distant: The Journal of an American Farmer, 1933-1934

byCharles M. Wiltse

Hardcover | August 31, 2012

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Fresh from receiving a doctorate from Cornell University in 1933, but unable to find work, Charles M. Wiltse joined his parents on the small farm they had recently purchased in southern Ohio. There, the Wiltses scratched out a living selling eggs, corn, and other farm goods at prices that were barely enough to keep the farm intact.

In wry and often affecting prose, Wiltse recorded a year in the life of this quintessentially American place during the Great Depression. He describes the family's daily routine, occasional light moments, and their ongoing frustrations, small and large-from a neighbor's hog that continually broke into the cornfields to the ongoing struggle with their finances. Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal had little to offer small farmers, and despite repeated requests, the family could not secure loans from local banks to help them through the hard economic times. Wiltse spoke the bitter truth when he told his diary, "We are not a lucky family." In this he represented millions of others caught in the maw of a national disaster.

The diary is introduced and edited by Michael J. Birkner, Wiltse's former colleague at the Papers of Daniel Webster Project at Dartmouth College, and coeditor, with Wiltse, of the final volume of Webster's correspondence.
Charles M. Wiltse was a professor of history at Dartmouth College and an editor of the sixteen-volume Papers of Daniel Webster. He was also the author or editor of many other books, including a three-volume collection of the papers of John C. Calhoun and The Jeffersonian Tradition in American Democracy.Michael J. Birkner is a professor...
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Title:Prosperity Far Distant: The Journal of an American Farmer, 1933-1934Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:August 31, 2012Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0821419986

ISBN - 13:9780821419984

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"(Prosperity Far Distant) is a Depression-era diary by Charles M. Wiltse. And it is bleak.. Sound like fun? It isn't. Oddly enough, that's the first reason it should go on your autumn reading list. It's a true artifact, an unvarnished 'window into history.' Rarely has the Great Depression's effects on ordinary folks been so vividly, meticulously chronicled."
- The Plain Dealer