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History Department, Iowa State University
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Rural, agricultural, childhood, family, rural women, United States, Midwest, Great Plains, Dust Bowl,
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About Me

I am primarily a rural and agricultural historian of the United States, with interests in the impact of agricultural change on children, families, and communities.  I am the author of four books:  Rooted In Dust: Surviving Drought and Depression in Southwestern Kansas; Childhood on the Farm:  Work, Play, and Coming of Age in the Midwest; Always Plenty to Do:  Growing Up on a Farm in the Long Ago; and The Nature of Childhood:  An Environmental History of Growing Up in America, 1865-Present.  I am also the editor of two books:  Waiting on the Bounty:  The Dust Bowl Diary of Mary Knackstedt Dyck, and The Routledge History of Rural America.  My current book project is entitled When a Dream Dies:  Agriculture, Identity, and the Farm Crisis of the 1980s.  One of the most important goals of my work is to be accessible to a broad audience.

Recent Publications

See above.

Media Coverage
Historian, Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl; Recent C-Span lecture on food in the Great Depression
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Family, Food History, Local & Regional, Rural & Agrarian History, Women