Homestead Hardship: A History of the American Family Farm
Author and professor of American literature at Utah State University, Evelyn Funda shares the history of her family farm and explains how the ideals of freedom and independent living through homesteading lost their way in America.
Author Evelyn Funda with her father, Lumir, in the summer of 1964. She relates the story of her family farm within the greater tumultuous history of agriculture in the American West.
Photo courtesy University of Nebraska Press.
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