reading, america, third year, home economics department
Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Most people are bound more or less in their outlook upon life, by the limitations of their own horizons. The man who has always lived in an eastern industrial town forms his opinions as to the country's needs from his knowledge of those changes which would make for better trade conditions or an improved standard of living for the industrial worker. The city resident is concerned largely with matters of urban improvement. Housing and transportation problems are vital with him, also questions of sanitation, more adequate police protection, etc. In all probability neither of these meu knows much of agricultural problems. Plenty of fresh air and space and the opportunity to raise clean, wholesome food makes farm life look like a paradise and there is no knowledge nor appreciation of the hard work which goes into successful farming, the uncertainty of the market for produce and the constant fight against weather conditions, insect pests and blights.
Lewis, Leora J. and Dolve, Mary A., "Reading in the Home: Knowing America Through Books - Third Years" (1932). SDSU Extension Circulars. 329.