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Books to Read


History of Farming

Bial, Raymond. The Farms. (Building America series). Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, 2002.
Examines the history of farming in the United States and discusses the role of farming in the development of the country. Includes photos and descriptions of different farm buildings and their uses.

Gunderson, Mary. Pioneer Farm Cooking. Blue Earth Books, 2000.
Discusses the everyday life, family roles, cooking methods, common foods and recipes of pioneers who settled in the Midwest during the late 1800s and early 1900s

Halley, Ned. Farm. DK, 2000.
Describes different aspects of farming through the ages including equipment, domestic animals, crops, and the future of farming

Farming Today

Ancona, George. The American Family Farm: A Photo Essay. Harcourt Brace, 1997.
Describes the American family farm in text and photos, focusing on the daily lives of three farm families in Massachusetts, Georgia, and Iowa

Bial, Raymond. Portrait of a Farm Family. Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
Looks at the daily lives of an Illinois farm family, showing how all family members contribute in running the farm. Explains the daily routine, including milking the cows and canning fruit and vegetables for the winter.


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