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An Urn of Native Soil

An Urn of Native Soil

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Close-knit rural communities once flourished throughout America. They were the main source of social life, assistance, and entertainment for farm and ranch families who lived far from town. These communities were often anchored by a country school or church, and most of them survived into the second half of the twentieth century. But prosperity, mobility, and rising expectations eventually lured the people into the towns and cities, and the communities died. This transformation has been particularly dramatic on the Great Plains, where two-thirds of the counties now have fewer people than they had a hundred years ago. Agribusiness has replaced self-sufficient farms, the one-room schools have closed, and little remains of the communities except their graveyards. This book gives a face to that depopulation. It is the memoir of a country boy who long ago left the rural Nebraska community of his boyhood but still lives there in his heart. It lovingly depicts the rich life of one plains community just before it vanished.

Author: David Anderson
Publisher: Country House Publishing Company
Published: 08/01/2014
Pages: 218
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.78lbs
Size: 9.61h x 6.69w x 0.46d
ISBN: 9780986060311

About the Author
David Anderson, son of a cattleman, grew up in a remote corner of Lincoln County, Nebraska, where he attended a one-room country school through eighth grade. After moving to town for high school, he received a scholarship to Harvard. Upon graduation he moved to Texas as a journalist, covering politics, space flights, football, and crime for United Press International. After eight years in journalism, he enrolled in the University of Texas School of Law and joined their faculty soon after graduation in 1971. He has written a book about designing a house, is co-author of two law school casebooks, and has lectured in England, Australia, The Netherlands, Italy, and Sweden.

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