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Putting the Barn Before the House: Women and Family Farming in Early Twentieth-Century New York

Grey Osterud


This book features the voices and viewpoints of women born before World War I who lived on family farms in Nanticoke Valley, south-central New York. It explores the ways that families shared labor and the strategies of mutuality that rural women adopted to ensure they had a say in family decision-making. Sharing and exchanging work also linked neighboring households and knit the community together. The culture of cooperation that women espoused laid the basis for the formation of cooperatives that enabled these dairy farmers to contest the power of agribusiness and obtain better returns for th ... More

Keywords: family farms, cooperation, cooperatives, labor, urban housewives, agricultural community, New York, rural women, gender, Nanticoke Valley

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450280
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Grey Osterud, author