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Writing American Agricultural History

By Morton Rothstein

WritingPart of the Historical Essay Series, "this essay first traces the emergence of agricultural history in America as a professional field, with its own organization and journal, then it examines the contributions of scholars in various disciplines who, by example improved the writings on agricultural history. Finally it discusses major writings since World War II, and ends with some concerns about the future."

-Morton Rothstein

The Historical Essay Series is edited by Dr. Joseph Amato, former director of Rural Studies, with the assistance of Donata DeBruyckere, Janice Louwagie, and Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski. It is published by the Southwest Minnesota State University History Department, the History Club, the History Center, and the Rural Studies program. It is partially sponsored and distributed by the Society for the Study of Local and Regional History. Assisting with the publication are Southwest Minnesota State University Word Processing Center and Duplicating Services. Additional thanks for supporting go to the State University Q7 Initiative Fund.

Professor Morton Rothstein was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and grew up in New Jersey. He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and studied at the London School of Economics before completing his Ph.D. at Cornell University. Professor Rothstein taught in the history department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 1961-1984. While there, he served as department chair from 1969-1972. In 1984, Professor Rothstein moved to the University of California, Davis, where he continued to teach history and served ten years as editor of Agricultural History, the leading scholarly journal of rural history. He is now Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, Davis

SSLRH, 1996

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