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Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family

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In a book that is "both a personal testament and an absorbing chronicle of agrarian history" (New York Times Book Review), Hildebrand relates the story of four generations of farming O'Neills in Minnesota--a quintessentially American tale of land and labor, memory and loss. of photos.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Paperback, 252 pages
Published October 15th 2001 by Minnesota Historical Society Press (first published June 13th 1995)
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Apr 16, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Having seen my grandfather's farm go from a simple farm with cattle and pasture and hay to a better money-making dairy to a subdivision of houses made me feel the emotion in this chronicle. Well told, Mr. Hildebrand.
Feb 17, 2010 Rita rated it really liked it
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Well written; informative; historical in terms of small farm life in Minnesota; nostalgic.
Apr 19, 2014 Marlene rated it liked it
The story of a family farm in Minnesota thru generations from horse power to mechanized farming methods and finally with noone in the family wanting to farm anymore. A familiar story of the demise of the Family farm. Also brought back memories thru the course of my lifetime from remembering the use of horses for harvesting, then on to tractors and combines.
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The narrative of the probably end of an agricultural heritage; the economics of US food policy make it impossible to continue
May 14, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it
Selection for the October book festival. Written by UWEC English professor. Set in Minnesota beginning in 1880 and continued to present time. Personal involvement by the son-in-law author. Especially interesting to a farm girl (me).
May 10, 2009 Cathy rated it it was amazing
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A well-written story of one Minnesota farm that unfolds the history of farms and farming in the Midwest through very human stories.
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