Agricultural historian on State Fair

July 15, 2015  

R. Douglas Hurt

R. Douglas Hurt 
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R. Douglas Hurt, professor and head of Purdue’s Department of History, can talk about the history of American agriculture, including the economic, industrial and social role that state fairs play in the past, present and future. Hurt specializes in American agricultural history in the West and Midwest.

Hurt is author of "The Dust Bowl: An Agricultural and Social History," "The Big Empty: The Great Plains in the Twentieth Century," "Problems of Plenty: The American Farmer in the Twentieth Century," "American Agriculture: A Brief History," "American Farms: Exploring Their History," and "The Great Plains during World War II."

In 2012 he served as a program adviser for the Ken Burns documentary “The Dust Bowl.”

Hurt also has written about agricultural history and technology in “Agriculture Technology in the Twentieth Century” and “American Farm Tools from Hand-Power to Steam-Power.”

His most recent book is "Agriculture and the Confederacy: Policy, Productivity, and Power in the Civil War South," which focuses on the Civil War era. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, 

Source: R. Douglas Hurt, 765-494-4123, 

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