Agricultural History: Emerging Scholarship
Solicited by the Agricultural History Society
Friday, April 3, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Type: Lightning Round
Tags: Agricultural and Rural
Hot topics such as bioproducts, food security, renewable energy, race relations, racism, class conflict, rural-urban exchange, and environmental history all can be better understood by considering context that agricultural history (and farm life) provide. The Agricultural History Society invites emerging scholars to share an example of how agricultural history informs their work.
Informing U.S. Agriculture Policy: Critical Research
From the perspective of a historian working in the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Shelby Callaway, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture
Agriculture and the Environment: A Plain’s Perspective
Writing a book about aerial chemical applications in the Great Plains afforded a new view of citizen science. The pilots studied aviation and applications, and they understood the landscape that they helped farmers manage. The case study explains the ways that data from many perspectives (literally on the ground and in the air) can lead to a more nuanced understanding about the real concerns raised by agricultural chemical applications. This talk concludes with a quick overview of what’s next on the research agenda and what sources will help make it happen.
David Vail, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Animals in Agriculture
My current work involves interactions (on farms and in the archive) with cattle. This short presentation features some remarkable lessons learned about human and farm animal engagement based on those interactions.
Nicole Welk-Joerger, University of Pennsylvania
Agricultural Architecture: Housing Labor on the Farm
Few scholars have written about where migrant laborers of color came to live on their migratory laboring journeys. however, public and private labor camps dominated the landscape of twentieth-century rural United States. This becomes even more complicated when examined through the lens of relational ethnic studies. This presentation will speak to the history of racialized migrant labor, agricultural history, and critical architecture studies.
Populism and the Business of Progress
My work combines studies of race, labor, politics, and economics in the postbellum South to better understand the rise of and challenges to corporate capitalism in the late nineteenth century. Farmers and laborers who confronted the social and political status quo of the first Gilded Age shared much in common with the challengers of the current status quo in our own Gilded Age. Although there are many distinctions we must make, there remain valuable lessons we can learn.
Bryant Keith Barnes II, University of Georgia
Consonant Commodities: Child-Saving and Agricultural Specialization in the Empire State, 1853-1929
This 5-minute presentation will focus on my efforts to incorporate agricultural history into my research on the Children’s Aid Society’s placement of New York City dependent children on Upstate New York farms. This incorporation has broadened and deepened my understanding of the economies, ideologies, and processes of
social-welfare provision in New York State. It has also helped me to periodize my sociological insights and to clarify seemingly distinct socio-historical phenomena as connected and unfolding processes.
Amy E. Traver, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Chair: Frederick Rowe Davis, Purdue University
Chair: Debra A. Reid, Henry Ford Museum
Presenter: Bryant Keith Barnes II, University of Georgia
Presenter: Shelby Callaway, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture
Presenter: Jonathan Cortez, Brown University
Presenter: Amy E. Traver, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Presenter: David Vail, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Presenter: Nicole Welk-Joerger, University of Pennsylvania