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Riassunto: Four miles southeast of the village of Matfield Green in Chase County, Kansas?the heart of the Flint Hills?lies the abandoned settlement of Thurman. At the turn of the century Thurman was a prosperous farming and ranching settlement with fifty-one households, a post office, two general stores, a blacksmith shop, five schools, and a church. Today, only the ruins of Thurman remain.
Joseph Hickey uses Thurman to explore the settlement form of social organization, which?along with the village, hamlet, and small town?was a dominant feature of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American life. He traces Thurman's birth in 1874, its shallow rises and falls, and its demise in 1944. Akin to what William Least Heat-Moon did for Chase County in PrairyErth, Hicky provides a "deep map" for one post-office community and, consequently, tells us a great deal about America's rural past.
Describing the shifting relationships between Thurmanites and their Matfield Green neighbors, Hickey details how social forces set in motion by the American ideal of individualism and the machinations of capitalist entrepreneurs produced a Darwinian struggle between Thurman stock raisers and Flint Hills "cattle barons" that ultimately doomed Thurman. Central to the story are the concept of "ordinary entrepreneurship" and the profoundly capitalist attitudes of the farmers who settled Thurman and thousands of other communities dotting the American landscape.
Hickey's account of Thurman's social organization and disintegration provides a new perspective on what happened when the cattle drives from Texas and the Southwest shifted in the 1880s from the Kansas cowtowns to the Flint Hills. Moreover, he punctures numerous myths about the Flint Hills, including those that cattle dominated because the land is too rocky to farm or that Indians refused to farm because of traditional beliefs.
Like many other small rural communities, Hickey argues, Thurman during its seventy-year history was actually several different settlements. A product of changing social conditions, each one resulted from shifting memberships and boundaries that reflected the efforts of local entrepreneurs to use country schools, churches, and other forms of "social capital" to gain advantages over their competitors. In the end, Thurman succumbed to the impact of agribusiness, which had the effect of transforming social capital from an asset into a liability. Ultimately, Hickey shows, the settlement's fate echoed the decline of rural community throughout America.
Dal retro di copertina: "This book, of course, is about more than a single Kansas town because the tiny, shifting community of Thurman becomes, in Hickey's interpretation, an epitome of settlements acorss the American West. . . . Above all, for me, this is a book about sharing, about the perils of excessive individualism. In extinct Thurman we have a disturbing and relevant paradigm."--William Least Heat-Moon, author of PrairyErth
"Hickey demonstrates that small need not mean inconsequential. This book has tremendously reinforced my conviction about the deep meaning in local history. It is insightful, well-written and crafted, and has considerable interpretive importance."--Craig Miner, author of West of Wichita: Settling the High Plains of Kansas, 1865-1890
"Wonderfully evocative scholarship about an exquisite and ordinary place. Hickey treats Thurman and its people with respect. The result is a new touchstone for the community study on the Great Plains."--Thomas Isern, author of Bull Threshers and Bindlestiffs: Harvesting and Threshing on the North American Plains
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Descrizione libro University Press Of Kansas, 1995. Hardcover. 320pp As new, clean, tight & bright condition, with bright and crisp dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria 198791
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Descrizione libro University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1995. Hardcover. First edition. 320pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Brown cloth. Near fine/Near fine. Foreword by William Least Heat-Moon. Codice libro della libreria 22854
Descrizione libro University Press of Kansas, Kansas, 1995. Cloth on Board. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. First Edition. Uses Thurman to explore the settlement form of social organisation, which was a dominant feature of nineteenth and early twentieth century American life; book in over all fine condition, clean brown cloth boards with black lettering to spine, text clear and unmarked; d/j has sun-fading to strip at rear/edges of inner flaps; pp xxii, 320. Codice libro della libreria 011703
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Ghost Settlement on the Prairie: A Biography of Thurman, Kansas. Codice libro della libreria Grb1008766
Descrizione libro University Press of Kansas, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0700606807
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