Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Putting the Barn Before the HouseWomen and Family Farming in Early Twentieth-Century New York$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Grey Osterud

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450280

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450280.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 05 August 2021



Gender, Mutuality, and Community in Retrospect

(p.231) Conclusion
Putting the Barn Before the House

Grey Osterud

Cornell University Press

This book concludes by focusing on the issues of gender, mutuality, and community that surfaced in the Nanticoke Valley from the onset of the Great Depression through World War II. It examines how people in the countryside coped with the Great Depression through cooperation, sharing work and tools in the annual round of farm labor, and relying on mutual aid to ensure that most families had the bare necessities. It shows that longtime residents who had kept their farms while sending family members to work in the city devoted more of their efforts to subsistence production and small-scale, market-oriented agriculture. It also discusses postwar economic transformations in the Nanticoke Valley, with particular emphasis on the demise of neighborhood work-sharing and how it undermined the organizations and institutions that had sustained farm families. Finally, it considers how rural women's participation in organizing political-economic movements helped sustain family farms.

Keywords:   gender, mutuality, community, Nanticoke Valley, cooperation, mutual aid, agriculture, farm families, rural women, family farms

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.