The story of man's search for the necessities and comforts of life is the story of man's relationship to the land and other resources at his disposal and the combining and shaping of these resources to meet his wants and needs. Until modem times this process was largely one of trial and error. In man's quest for a better life he learned that the individual, working alone, could not fulfill many of his needs, but by joining with his neighbors they could provide services of mutual benefit. He also learned that some services are best provided by government and supported through a system of taxation. Some other services might be more efficient if provided and supported by private enterprise. Another class of services provided by religious and charitable institutions were thought to be best supported by voluntary contributions. The institutional pattern of any particular state or region is largely determined by the facts of settlement and the environment. In the case of South Dakota this is particularly true, although the environment of the state was not accorded as much consideration as it should have been, and we are still paying for this oversight.
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South Dakota State University
South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and Department of Economics, South Dakota State University, "Planning the Communities in Which We'll Want to Live: Papers Presented at the Fifth Annual Agri-Business Day March 31, 1966" (1966). Agricultural Experiment Station Agricultural Economics Pamphlets. 138.