The Resource Making the corn belt : a geographical history of middle-western agriculture, John C. Hudson

Making the corn belt : a geographical history of middle-western agriculture, John C. Hudson

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Making the corn belt : a geographical history of middle-western agriculture
Title
Making the corn belt
Title remainder
a geographical history of middle-western agriculture
Statement of responsibility
John C. Hudson
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Stretching from the Rockies to the Appalachians, the Corn Belt is America's heartland. Making the Corn Belt traces the geographical and agricultural evolution of this region, whose agriculture is based on the tradition of feeding corn to meat animals, especially beef cattle and hogs. The use of corn as a feed grain emerged in the westward movement of Euro-American farming people from the Upland South to the Ohio Valley
  • In the five islands of fertile land west of the Appalachians - the Nashville Basin, Pennyroyal Plateau, Bluegrass, Miami Valley, and Virginia Military District - corn emerged as the best crop to feed livestock. Thus was the Corn Belt born
  • Migrants from the Five Islands took corn-livestock agriculture west to the Mississippi Valley, and by 1850 the core of today's Corn Belt was a cultural region developed by a segment of the population whose ancestry could be traced back to the Ohio Valley. Corn Belt agriculture, however, spread northward more slowly than it did westward, partly because of the patterns of migration established in the spread of the frontier
  • The Civil War demonstrated that, even though its agriculture was distinctive, the larger region was divided in social and political terms
  • John Hudson traces these regional-agricultural themes into the rapid technological changes of the 1930s. The introduction of soybeans at about this time helped shift parts of the Corn Belt from livestock feeding to cash-grain production. Some of these trends continue today in parts of the region, while other areas have specialized in cattle feeding as the meat-packing industry has shifted westward
  • Farm residents in the 1990s account for less than 2 percent of the national population. In the Middle West today, to be a "farm resident" no longer means what it once did: although nearly two-thirds of the men work primarily on the farm, nearly three-fourths of farm women are principally employed elsewhere. Many farmers have left the land and abandoned the "traditional" farm, but those who remain have been even more productive
  • The "typical" Corn Belt farm has disappeared, replaced by a small cluster of metal buildings surrounding a suburban tract home. John C. Hudson takes us to the heart of the Corn Belt and captures the essence of this most "American" region
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Cataloging source
DLC
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Hudson, John C
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F351
LC item number
.H858 1994
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
F351.H858
NAL item number
1994
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Middle West
  • Middle West
  • Mittlerer Westen
  • Corn
  • Corn
  • Geography
  • Agrarische ontwikkeling
  • Geografische aspecten
  • Agrargeographie
  • Geschichte
Label
Making the corn belt : a geographical history of middle-western agriculture, John C. Hudson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Corn Belt Geography -- 2. Making the Land -- 3. Finding the Land -- 4. Zea Mays -- 5. The Feedlot -- 6. Razorbacks and Poland-Chinas -- 7. The First Corn Belt -- 8. Corn Belt Sectionalism -- 9. Specialization and Westward Expansion -- 10. New Crops and Northward Expansion -- 11. West to the Plains -- 12. The Corn Business
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 254 pages
Isbn
9780253328328
Lccn
93035723
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28889871
  • (OCoLC)ocm28889871
Label
Making the corn belt : a geographical history of middle-western agriculture, John C. Hudson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Corn Belt Geography -- 2. Making the Land -- 3. Finding the Land -- 4. Zea Mays -- 5. The Feedlot -- 6. Razorbacks and Poland-Chinas -- 7. The First Corn Belt -- 8. Corn Belt Sectionalism -- 9. Specialization and Westward Expansion -- 10. New Crops and Northward Expansion -- 11. West to the Plains -- 12. The Corn Business
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 254 pages
Isbn
9780253328328
Lccn
93035723
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28889871
  • (OCoLC)ocm28889871

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