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Farming and the economy

Details: You are the owner of a successful family farm in the Midwest. Your family has owned this farm for 80 years and 5 generations of your family have lived, worked and died there. It is now the 1930s and you and your family face its biggest challenge. The economy has faltered and now nature herself has turned against you as crops fails and the land dries up.

Your discussion should consider the following:

1. How has farming changed from the 1890s through the 1930s? Topics to be considered include technology, crops, machinery, and animals.

2. What has changed on the farm, in your home, and in the country? Include in your discussion:

The 1920s
Prices
Demand
The 1930s
The Dust Bowl
Prices
The New Deal

3, Do you feel you are better off today than your ancestors were 80 years ago?

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Let's take a closer look. I also attached an exceptional timeline of the dates and farm inventions and changes.

RESPONSE:

1. How has farming changed from the 1890s through the 1930s? Topics to be considered include technology, crops,
machinery, and animals. 3-4 paragraphs

1890 to 1920, farming was done by hand, but tools and technology such walking plough and harrow, etc, emerged, then it moved to using animals to pull the metal ploughs, and then the early steam engines pulled the ploughs, a threshing machine was done by hand on the floor of the barn during the winter. In the 1920s and 1930s, there were a few tractors, but mostly horses were used, and machines made the haymaking easier, but the hay ricks still needed to be stacked and thratched (http://74.125.113.132/search?q=cache:2mVfyWF5jsUJ:ysgol-rhyngrwyd.wikispaces.com/file/view/Y7GeU5C%2BFarms%2Bchange%2BMar%2B10PP.ppt+farming+changed+from+the&cd=10&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&client=firefox-a)

1920s are a period of vigorous, vital economic growth for manufactured good and communication, however not so for farms. The demand and prices of agricultural products fell from 1919 to 1920, the depression brought on dramatic declines in the prices of raw agricultural produce as well as many other inputs that firms ...

Solution Summary

By addressing the questions and an extra resource, this solution discusses aspects of farming and the economy. References are provided.

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