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Prosperity Far Distant: The Journal of an American Farmer, 1933-1934 Charles Maurice Wiltse

Prosperity Far Distant: The Journal of an American Farmer, 1933-1934

Charles Maurice Wiltse

Published August 15th 2012
ISBN : 9780821444092
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309 pages
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Fresh from receiving a doctorate from Cornell University in 1933, but unable to find work, Charles M. Wiltse joined his parents on the small farm they had recently purchased in southern Ohio. There, the Wiltses scratched out a living selling eggs,MoreFresh from receiving a doctorate from Cornell University in 1933, but unable to find work, Charles M. Wiltse joined his parents on the small farm they had recently purchased in southern Ohio. There, the Wiltses scratched out a living selling eggs, corn, and other farm goods at prices that were barely enough to keep the farm intact.In wry and often affecting prose, Wiltse recorded a year in the life of this quintessentially American place during the Great Depression. He describes the familys daily routine, occasional light moments, and their ongoing frustrations, small and large--from a neighbors hog that continually broke into the cornfields to the ongoing struggle with their finances. Franklin Roosevelts New Deal had little to offer small farmers, and despite repeated requests, the family could not secure loans from local banks to help them through the hard economic times. Wiltse spoke the bitter truth when he told his diary, We are not a lucky family. In this he represented millions of others caught in the maw of a national disaster.The diary is introduced and edited by Michael J. Birkner, Wiltses former colleague at the Papers of Daniel Webster Project at Dartmouth College, and coeditor, with Wiltse, of the final volume of Websters correspondence.