The Depression Dilemmas of Rural Iowa, 1929-1933
During the early years of the Great Depression, Iowans directly questioned their leadership at the state, county, and community level with a renewed ... Show synopsis During the early years of the Great Depression, Iowans directly questioned their leadership at the state, county, and community level with a renewed spirit to salvage family farms. Lisa L. Ossian describes Iowa's particular rural dilemmas, evoking, through anecdotes and examples, the economic, nutritional, familial, cultural, industrial, criminal, legal, and political challenges that engaged the people of the state. Of particular interest is the role of women within the rural landscape, as much of the increased daily work fell to farm women during this time. Her rich rural history not only helps readers understand the particular forces that shaped the social and physical landscape of the past but also traces how these landscapes have continued in various forms for almost eighty years into this century.