Love of the Land: Essential Farm and Conservation Readings from an American Golden Age, 1880–1920

by Zachary Michael Jack


“Zachary Jack's Love of the Land fills a need. It provides a wide-angle view of early U.S. agricultural and conservation thought, which were major influences on both the economy and ethic of this developing country. Especially impressive are the encompassing array of writers––farm, conservation, political, and literary figures; the selected excerpts––each with a message that resounds; and finally the book's preface––worth reading again after finishing the book's last page.”
– Duane Acker, former Assistant Secretary for science and education, U.S. Department of Agriculture and President Emeritus, Kansas State University

“This anthology ambitiously takes you on a mind-stretching adventure into our national past, and our future. It offers, actually, an interdisciplinary short course––a compact curriculum––about the dynamics and varied dimensions of rural development and conservation in America … You may appreciate knowing from the start that you have not been dumped on your own into a loose collection of readings. You realize you are led by a compiler who cares and knows much about this subject, ranged widely and thoughtfully in choosing the readings, adds much to them and is leading you helpfully through them.”
– James F. Evans, Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Communications and Journalism, University of Illinois


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