Farmers “Making Good”: The Development of Abernethy District, Saskatchewan, 1880-1920
Published by: University of Calgary Press
Imprint: University of Calgary Press
Published: April 2008
336 Pages, 6.00 x 8.90 x 21.00 mm, 38 b&w photos, 17 figures, 3 tables, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
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In this newly revised edition of the widely praised original, published in 1989, Lyle Dick revisits the Abernethy district of Saskatchewan and his microhistorical analysis of the development of this prairie community.
Between 1882 and 1920, settlers from Ontario established social and economic structures at Abernethy, Saskatchewan. By virtue of hard work, perseverance, and the critical advantage of having arrived first, they transformed the Pheasant Plains into a prosperous farming community. Using painstakingly collected qualitative and quantitative data, Farmers "Making Good" traces the area's political and economic development, daily life, and social structure and reinterprets the larger history of prairie agricultural settlement in light of Abernethy's remarkable experience.
Introduction to the Second Edition
1. The Settlement of Abernethy District
2. Estimates of Homesteading in the Settlement Era
3. Economic Development of the Abernethy District, 1880-1920
4. Work and Daily Life at the Motherwell Farm
5. Abernethy?s Social and Economic Structure
6. Social Relationships of the Settlement Era
7. Abernethy?s Social Creed
8. Agrarian Unrest in the Central Qu?Appelle
Appendix A. Research Design for the Quantitative Analysis of Abernethy Settlement History, By David Greenwood
Public history at its finest.
-Kenneth E. Koons, Journal of Social History