From Pioneering to Persevering
From Pioneering to Persevering: Family Farming in Indiana to 1880 (Paperback)
Indiana's pioneers came to southern Indiana to turn the dream of an America based on family farming into a reality. The golden age prior to the Civil War led to a post-War preserving of the independent family farmer. Salstrom examines this "independence" and finds the label to be less than adequate. Hoosier farming was an inter-dependent activity leading to a society of borrowing and
loaning. When people talk about supporting family farming, as Salstrom notes, the issue is a societal one with a greater population involved than just the farmers themselves.
About the Author(s):
Paul Salstrom holds a Ph.D. in comparative history from Brandeis University and teacheshistory at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College near Terre Haute, Indiana. An authority on theearly rural history of Appalachia, he is the author of Appalachia’s Path to Dependency (1994).