Tuesday, January 26, 2021


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From Prairie to Corn Belt: Farming on the Illinois and Iowa Prairie in the Nineteenth Century -
Manufacturer: Allan G. Bogue
From Prairie to Corn Belt: Farming on the Illinois and Iowa Prairie in the Nineteenth Century

The geographical and agricultural heart of the North American heartland is the central Corn Belt or the “prairie peninsula.” The great story of this land and its farmers coming to terms with one another is told altogether and in detail by Bogue. Related systematically and written with considerable grace, the book traces the agricultural occupation and development of Illinois and Iowa from about 1830 to the end of the century. That period was the farm-making era for these prime Corn Belt states. The peculiarities of the land, including soils, climate, vegetation, and tilt, influenced but did not determine what the farmers did to the land and what they made from it. Those who occupied the land, how they acquired title, the many problems of developing farms, and how they were made productive are the major themes of the book.

This volume shows some shelf wear and contains highlighting/notes.

Publisher: Quadrangle Books, 1968

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