Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1993


Published in Great Plains Research 3:1 (February 1993), pp. 117-119. Copyright © 1993 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Used by permission.


Agrarian Women begins with a paradox. "Agrarian ideology-the celebration of farming and farmers as the heart of American society"-pervaded the rural households where the author grew up. "Yet it meshed poorly with the lives of many rural women we knew" (p. xv). Using published and unpublished letters, diaries, fiction, public records, historical studies, and interviews, anthropologist Deborah Fink explores the ways in which the agrarian ideal failed the women of Boone County, Nebraska.