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Black Earth and Ivory Tower : New American Essays from Farm and Classroom - Zachary M. Jack

Black Earth and Ivory Tower

New American Essays from Farm and Classroom

Paperback Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9781570036118
Number Of Pages: 312

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Heralding the seventy-fifth anniversary of the influential agrarian anthology ""I'll Take My Stand"", Zachary M. Jack has assembled North America's foremost contemporary writers on the present rural experience to provide their own twenty-first-century insights about life lived close to the land. In the grand tradition of farmer-writers Robert Frost, Henry David Thoreau, and Andrew Lytle, ""Black Earth and Ivory Tower: New American Essays from Farm and Classroom"" gathers the wisdoms of contributors including Victor David Hanson, Michael Martone, Linda Hasselstrom, John Hildebrand, and others. At a time when just two percent of the American population counts itself as farmers, these writers - all of whom have tilled the earth and climbed the ivory tower of academia - underscore the diversity of the American farm and its importance as a wellspring of learning. Gifted teachers called to farm-grounded lives as writers, visual artists, conservation farmers, environmentalists, economists, policymakers, extension agents, and activists offer hard-won inspiration from the field as well as the classroom. Seeking a balanced life that reconciles the hands, heart, and intellect, they travel rural paths to find the agrarian lifestyle at once enlightening and mystifying. Leavened with plainspoken earnestness, these commentaries on modern farming, the simple life movement, and the discontents of modern civilization attest to the endurance of agrarian values and provide a literate record of shifting national priorities. Collectively this testimony and analysis reveal an abiding sense that the United States stands at the same crossroad as it has since its founding: the intersection of Thomas Jefferson's agrarian republic and Alexander Hamilton's capitalistic democracy.

"At its heart, this book is for the students and teachers among us, formal and informal, certifiable and apocryphal. It's for the ag-dedicated high schooler about to walk the stage and move on to Iowa State, Michigan State, or Tennessee Tech as much as it is for the ag-inspired teacher about to graduate into the practical and applied world beyond the classroom. This book is for anyone who ever farmed seriously and everyone who ever seriously wanted to farm." - Zachary M. Jack, from the preface"

Foreword : in the classroom as on the farm
Preface : working the middle ground
Introduction : the strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Farmer Hyde
Reading and writing the landp. 5
From Fields without dreamsp. 13
Addicted to workp. 28
From "The way the country lies"p. 41
From Deep river : a memoir of a Missouri farmp. 50
Planes, trains, and automobiles : the machine in the garden in Anes Stationp. 63
Becomingp. 76
Holding groundp. 85
The appraisalp. 97
In withered fieldsp. 111
Pulling things back down to earthp. 120
Reading on the slyp. 137
Geoffrey Chaucer's ploughman and the nobility of toilp. 143
A kindred spirit moving : the rural ethos of Byron Herbert Reece, Wendell Berry, and James Ageep. 156
Fingers that bend : a poeticsp. 168
The dance is overp. 179
Cultivating Georgicp. 184
"Get caught up : work hard" : impossible inevitabilities in the world of farmers and academicsp. 197
Farming aestheticp. 206
One foot in each worldp. 216
On being an "objective" farmerp. 224
The economics of country valuesp. 231
A letter from the peripheryp. 240
An academic farm boyp. 245
The musings of an Iowa farm boyp. 250
The starch Ad Litmus testp. 259
Those who do must also teachp. 265
From "A native hill"p. 277
Other placesp. 282
From Indiana to Kagawa, from tomatoes ripe to oranges sweetp. 289
What Mother Goose knewp. 298
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ISBN: 9781570036118
ISBN-10: 157003611X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.72  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.49