Farmers “Making Good”

The Development of Abernethy District, Saskatchewan, 1880-1920

Table of contents

 

Acknowledgements
Preface
Abbreviations
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
9. Conclusions

Appendix A. Research Design for the Quantitative Analysis of Abernethy Settlement History, By David Greenwood
Notes
Bibliography
Index

 

Description

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.

Awards

  • Winner, CHA Clio - The Prairies 1990

Reviews

Praise for the first edition…

"Dick is so well versed in the literature of prairie agriculture that it soon becomes obvious that what he has written is an important community study. "-- Joe Cherwinski, Canadian Book Review Annual

"In many ways, this is an admirable study of economic activity, social relationships, and political developments in one small location over a limited timespan. ... Lyle Dick's work of historical reconstruction deserves the attention of all social and economic historians of the Canadian prairies. " -- David Collins, British Journal of Canadian Studies

"The book is a worthy addition to agricultural historiography. " -- David C. Jones, Canadian Historical Review

 

Public history at its finest.

—Kenneth E. Koons, Journal of Social History

In many ways, this is an admirable study of economic activity, social relationships, and political developments in one small location over a limited timespan.... Lyle Dick's work of historical reconstruction deserves the attention of all social and economic historians of the Canadian prairies.

?David Collins, British Journal of Canadian Studies

Dick is so well versed in the literature of prairie agriculture that it soon becomes obvious that what he has written is an important community study.

?Joe Cherwinski, Canadian Book Review Annual