Thursday, January 28, 2010

Today in Agricultural Perspectives, we watched The People in Pictures, an Iowa Public Television pictorial essay of photos of Iowa farm families during the time period of the Great Depression and into the early postwar years. The photos were taken by Iowa photographer Pete Wettach who took nearly 50,000 photos of rural America. The documentary includes interviews with the people pictured in the photos, as they reminisce about their childhood days on their farms.

The photos and the stories always remind me of my farm in Minnesota and the stories my parents passed on.

The reading assignment for class was an excerpt from the book American Dreams, Rural Realities: Family Farms in Crisis, by Peggy Barlett.

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