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The unsettling of America : culture & agriculture

Author: Wendell Berry
Publisher: San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, 1977.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Unsettling of America" is Wendell Berry's personal, dramatic inquiry into the way in which we use the land that sustains us. For the roots of our attitudes toward farming, Berry goes back to the industrial revolution, which promised freedom from physical toil, and to the "conquistador" mentality that ruled the settlement of North America, treating land, resources, and ultimately people as infinitely expendable.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Lask Poetry Collection
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendell Berry
ISBN: 0871561948 9780871561947
OCLC Number: 2836944
Description: ix, 228 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: The unsettling of America --
The ecological crisis as a crisis of character --
The ecological crisis as a crisis of agriculture --
The ecological crisis as a crisis of culture --
Living in the future : the "modern" agricultural ideal --
The use of energy --
The body and the Earth --
Jefferson, Morrill, and the upper crust --
Margins.
Responsibility: by Wendell Berry.

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"The Unsettling of America" is Wendell Berry's personal, dramatic inquiry into the way in which we use the land that sustains us. For the roots of our attitudes toward farming, Berry goes back to the industrial revolution, which promised freedom from physical toil, and to the "conquistador" mentality that ruled the settlement of North America, treating land, resources, and ultimately people as infinitely expendable. Out of this history comes a disturbing, and officially sanctioned, vision of the farm of the future -- where the supreme value is maximum production, where the environment is to be controlled by technology, and where a man has no place. Berry challenges these and other orthodox values and assumptions: techniques of cultivation that damage the soil and sacrifice quality to mere abundance; the reliance on huge inputs of energy to fuel machines and manufacture chemicals; the "get big or get out" philosophy that has driven millions of farmers from the land and "unsettled" whole communities. This is above all a book that will change minds, a work of passion, eloquence, and conviction. -- From publisher's description.

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