9780871568779

The Unsettling of America Culture and Agriculture

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  • ISBN13:

    9780871568779

  • ISBN10:

    0871568772

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/1/2004
  • Publisher: PERSEUS BOOKS
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Summary

Since its publication by Sierra Club Books in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today’s agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a nation are more estranged from the land—from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it.
Sadly, as Berry notes in his Afterword to this third edition, his arguments and observations are more relevant than ever. We continue to suffer loss of community, the devaluation of human work, and the destruction of nature under an economic system dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits. Although “this book has not had the happy fate of being proved wrong,” Berry writes, there are good people working “to make something comely and enduring of our life on this earth.” Wendell Berry is one of those people, writing and working, as ever, with passion, eloquence, and conviction.

Table of Contents

The Unsettling of America
3(14)
The Ecological Crisis as a Crisis of Character
17(10)
The Ecological Crisis as a Crisis of Agriculture
27(12)
The Agricultural Crisis as a Crisis of Culture
39(12)
Living in the Future: The "Modern" Agricultural Ideal
51(30)
The Use of Energy
81(16)
The Body and the Earth
97(46)
Jefferson, Morrill, and the Upper Crust
143(28)
Margins
171(54)
Notes 225(4)
Afteword to the Third Edition 229

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