From Pioneering to Persevering
Family Farming in Indiana to 1880
Purdue University Press
Indiana's pioneers came to southern Indiana to turn the dream of an America based on family farming into a reality. The golden age prior to the Civil War led to a post-War preserving of the independent family farmer. Salstrom examines this
and finds the label to be less than adequate. Hoosier farming was an inter-dependent activity leading to a society of borrowing andloaning. When people talk about supporting family farming, as Salstrom notes, the issue is a societal one with a greater population involved than just the farmers themselves.
Paul Salstrom holds a Ph.D. in comparative history from Brandeis University and teaches history at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College near Terre Haute, Indiana. An authority on the early rural history of Appalachia, he is the author of Appalachia's Path to Dependency (1994).