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As the world becomes more industrialized and urban, people are starting to feel disconnected from the very land of their ancestors, and from those mechanisms of life that were a big part of society only a few generations ago. Part of these feelings of dislocation can be seen in the recent trends in urban rooftop farming, the concern for organic and localized food, and concerns over the larger effects of big agriculture.
The Routledge History of Rural America charts the course of rural life in the United States. It brings together scholars doing the newest research to examine the main, overarching themes in the field of rural history, providing a state of the art volume for students, scholars, and educators at all levels. The volme, part of the prestigiousRoutledge Histories series of handbooks, provides a regional context for understanding change in rural communities across America, and in addition, examines a number of areas where the history of rural people has deviated from the American mainstream. Readers will come away with an enhanced understanding of the interplay between urban and rural areas, and will understand some of the regional differences that make the United States unique, as well as some of the challenges we bring into the twenty-first century.