A Family Farm Album

Farm and Land

From the days of colonial America to the watershed year of 1933, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Agricultural Adjustment Act in an attempt to relieve the economic distress of owner-operated farms, there was a gradual change in approach and attitude toward our farmlands -- the nation's heartland. The agrarian philosophy of stewardship for the land shifted to a philosophy based on efficiency, commerce, and productivity.

The Agrarian Tradition corresponded to the Jeffersonian ideal of the "independent yeoman farmer." It blended two traditions: farming-as-a-way-of-life, emphasizing the intrinsic goodness of dealing with the land, and farming as a contributor to the development of responsible citizens through the encouragement of social virtue, economic prosperity, and democracy. Agriculture, the nation's basic industry, reflected America in microcosm.

The Efficiency Tradition, also known as the entrepeneurial tradition, corresponded to the pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps success of stories of Horatio Alger. Farming was an occupation that was instrumentally good. Land was a resource to be gainfully and efficiently employed to promote the best future for oneself and the nation.

These intertwining traditions each expressed something of the American experience and the nation. Gradually, the efficiency tradition dominated as new methods of industry and increased modernization resulted in a transformation of farming and rural life.

A Family Farm Album: Frank Sadorus' Photographs : Farm and Land

Man on a Log
Man on a Log
Old Hickory and Elm
Old Hickory and Elm
Rail Fence
Rail Fence
Old Hickory and Elm
Old Hickory and Elm
Four Horses
Four Horses
Good Bye Old Timber, You Are Doomed
Good Bye Old Timber, You Are Doomed
Warren, GWB, and Elmer on Logs
Warren, GWB, and Elmer on Logs
House After Snow
House After Snow
Four Men on Logs Postcard
Four Men on Logs Postcard
Slaughtered Hogs Postcard
Slaughtered Hogs Postcard
Frank on the Rock
Frank on the Rock
Old Sugar Camp
Old Sugar Camp


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