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By Dona Brown

For many, “going again to the land” brings to brain the Sixties and 1970s—hippie communes and the summer time of affection, the total Earth Catalog and mom Earth information. extra lately, the stream has reemerged in a brand new enthusiasm for in the community produced nutrition and extra sustainable power paths. yet those most modern back-to-the-landers are a part of a miles greater tale. americans were dreaming of returning to the land ever considering they began to go away it. In Back to the Land, Dona Brown explores the heritage of this habitual impulse.            ?           

            Back-to-the-landers have frequently been seen as nostalgic escapists or romantic nature-lovers. yet their very own phrases display a extra advanced tale. In such tasks as Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Broadacre City,” and Helen and Scott Nearing’s quest for “the solid life,” Brown unearths that the go back to the farm has intended much less a going-backwards than a going-forwards, the way to meet the demanding situations of the trendy period. revolutionary reformers driven for homesteading to aid impoverished employees get out of bad city slums. Depression-era back-to-the-landers, cautious of the centralizing energy of the recent Deal, embraced a brand new “third manner” politics of decentralism and regionalism. Later nonetheless, the stream merged with environmentalism. to appreciate american citizens’ reaction to those back-to-the-land rules, Brown turns to the fan letters of standard readers—retired lecturers and overworked clerks, fresh immigrants and unmarried ladies. In looking their rural roots, Brown argues, americans have striven in particular for the independence and self-sufficiency they go along with the agrarian ideal.

 

 

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