A Less Conspicuous Landscape: A Local Study of Soil Conservation, Rural Progress, and Photography

dc.contributor.advisor West, Carroll en_US
dc.contributor.author Grandey, Savannah Ashton en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Hoffschwelle, Mary en_US
dc.contributor.department History en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-19T19:04:55Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-19T19:04:55Z
dc.date.issued 2014-10-30 en_US
dc.description.abstract The nature of natural resource conservation can obscure the impact of the people and organizations behind such activities because it creates landscapes that seem "natural." The impact of New Deal soil conservation in rural America is found in farm ponds, planned forests, and other seemingly natural landscape features. Cannon County, Tennessee and its local conservation district provide a case study to analyze the role of the SCS, local conservation districts, and farmers in modernizing local agricultural and transforming landscapes. Photographs documenting the evolution of the county's landscape and farm culture during the middle of the twentieth century provide valuable points of departure for researching and interpreting this part of New Deal, agricultural, and local history. The photos also suggest the paradoxical nature of farmers' participation in agricultural change, depicting them as progressive preservationists that changed in order to maintain their lifestyles which resulted in the coexistence of change and tradition. en_US
dc.description.degree M.A. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/4342
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Cannon county en_US
dc.subject New deal photography en_US
dc.subject Rural en_US
dc.subject Soil conservation districts en_US
dc.subject Soil conservation service en_US
dc.subject.umi History en_US
dc.subject.umi Agriculture en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title A Less Conspicuous Landscape: A Local Study of Soil Conservation, Rural Progress, and Photography en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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