Generations of the Farm.
Photographs and Text by Dona Schwartz.
Smithsonian Institution Press,
184 pp., 214 black-and-white illustrations,, 8x10".
In this book, Schwartz, a professor at the School of Journalism of the University of Minnesota, documents the decline of the Iowa farming town of Waucoma. Historic photographs and interviews with five farm families reveal how economic and social changes have caused the family farm to give way to agribusiness. The images show that "middle-aged farming couples now eat microwaved meals; their children yearn for the land but also for the excitement of urban life. . . ." The book shows how the 277 citizens of Waucoma work to keep their community alive. Poignant juxtaposition of modern and historic images bring the text to life.
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