Welcome to H-Rural, a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. The primary purpose of H-Rural is to facilitate discussions about scholarship and teaching in rural and agricultural history. We welcome contributions such as conference announcements, calls for papers, course syllabi, conference reports, news of new datasets, and other items related to our focus, rural and agricultural history over time and place.

Recent Discussions

Postwar hybrid corn

I'm investigating the breeding of fertilizer-intensive hybrid corn in the 1950s in the US.  Two questions:

One source (Steele 1978, "The hybrid corn industry in the United States") says by 1955 some hybrids were being marketed as especially bred for high plant densities.  I need to track down this marketing material -- adverts, speeches, brochures, anything. 

New Article of Interest in the Pacific Historical Review

The Pacific Historical Review recently published the following article that may interest H-Rural list subscribers:

 

- ”Indian School, Company Town: Outing Workers from Sherman Institute at Fontana Farms Company, 1907-1930,” by Kevin Whalen


This article can be accessed via the following link: http://ucpressjournals.com/journal.php?j=phr.

Charles S. Peterson

I am sad to report the death of Dr. Charles S. Peterson. Chas was the editor of the Western Historical Quarterly from 1980-89, and a longtime member of USU's History Department. He was a kind but exacting editor, a generous mentor, and a gracious human being. I will miss him greatly. His full obituary is available at this link: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary-print.aspx?n=charles-peterson&pid=18... David Rich Lewis Utah State University

RESCHEDULED Boston Environmental History Seminar: Industrialization in Rural America

Boston Environmental History Seminar

The Boston Environmental History Seminar is an occasion for scholars as well as interested members of the public to discuss aspects of American environmental history from prehistory to the present day. Presenters come from a variety of disciplines including history, urban planning, and environmental management. Six to eight sessions take place annually during the academic year, and most focus on works in progress.