Agricultural History Primer Digital History Portal
RICK WOTEN
The Agricultural History Primer

(From 2006 to December 2012 - The site has subsequently been removed due to institutional design standardization process)


I developed and managed this digital history project in partnership with the Center for Agricultural History and Rurual Studies, the Iowa State University Department of History and Agricultural History and Rural Studies program, and the Iowa State University Center for On-Line Learning (now Online and Distance Learning). It is the intent that the project serve as a gateway to agricultural history for scholars, educators, students, and the general public.


The primer is organized across several approaches to enhance ease of access. Scholarship is accessible via a chronological presentation of historical events. You may access a chronological overview, across historical themes, via the timeline located at the left of each page within the primer. Likewise, the agricultural scholarship is accessible via a thematic approach by selecting the desired theme. The broad themes of "economics," "environment," "people/social," "policy," and "technology" are found in the horizontal bar across the upper portion of each page.


Each essay presented also includes key scholarship that provides further reading and exploration opportunities for themes and topics presented in the essay.


Keeping in mind the mission of the agricultural history primer, the the identification of popular agriculutral history scholarship is provided with the inclusion of extended bibliographies. The extended bibliographies are broadly organized as American and European extended bibliographies for ease of access and to offer a sampling opportunity for compartive study.


Contributors who gave their invaluble time, effort, passion, and knowlege to this digital history project include:

Sandy Andrews
Dr. Jenny Barker-Devine
Dr. Knut Oyangen
Dr. Pamela Riney-Kehrberg
Dr. Robert Welch
Dr. Rick Woten


Institutional support for the development of the project was also vital to ensure its success. They include:

Iowa State University
Iowa State University Department of History
Iowa State University Center for Agricultural History and Rural Studies
Iowa State University Center for On-Line Learning (now Online and Distance Learning)