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Memory and the Nature of Transformation

MELISSA WALKER

in Southern Farmers and Their Stories

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124094
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124094.003.0004
Memory and the Nature of Transformation

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This chapter examines rural people's recollection of the nature of the rural transformation in the American South and its impact on their daily farm work. It suggests that though rural southerners shared a community of memory, their accounts of transformation varied widely by gender, race, class, and especially generation. The pre-war generation grew up believing that farming was a means of making a living and the major transforming force for them was farm mechanization. For the post-war generation, the major challenges include weather and domestic market uncertainties, rapid technological change, and competition from global markets.

Keywords: rural transformation; rural people; American South; farm work; farm mechanization; market uncertainties; weather uncertainties; technological change; global competition

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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