The Countryside in the Age of the Modern State: Political Histories of Rural America by James C. ScottThe Countryside in the Age of the Modern State: Political Histories of Rural America by James C. Scott

The Countryside in the Age of the Modern State: Political Histories of Rural America

byJames C. ScottEditorCatherine Mcnicol Stock, Robert D. Johnston

Paperback | September 27, 2001

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"However urban the nation has become," Catherine McNicol Stock and Robert D. Johnston write, "twenty percent of its citizens still live outside major metropolitan areas. Moreover, rural economic activity—agricultural, extractive, recreational, and industrial—has an enormous impact on the nation's overall economic well-being. The stories of contemporary rural people still have the power to move us. . . . They reflect the values, dreams, and ideals at the core of the economically, racially, and ethnically diverse American experience."

The Countryside in the Age of the Modern State moves rural history into explorations of modern politics: diverse rural peoples and their complex relationships to the American state in the twentieth century. The volume's contributors examine African American progressive farm organizers; the experiences of Caribbean and Mexican farm laborers; agrarian intellectuals in the New Deal; the politics of land and landscape in the Rocky Mountain west; and the origins of today's rural political movements.

Catherine McNicol Stock is Barbara Zaccheo Kohn ’72 Professor of History at Connecticut College. She is coeditor of The Countryside in the Age of the Modern State, also from Cornell, and the author of Main Street in Crisis.
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Title:The Countryside in the Age of the Modern State: Political Histories of Rural AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.27 inPublished:September 27, 2001Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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"This rich and widely tracking anthology adds a vital new dimension to the story—or, more accurately, the stories —of rural America. Smart, inventive, and probing, the essays collected here connect the countryside firmly to modern times.This book offers instruction in both what American rural history was during the twentieth century and in how to study it."—Jonathan Prude, co-editor of The Countryside in the Age of Capitalist Transformation