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ISBN: 978-0-87417-771-8
Binding: [Hardcover]
Pages: 272
Publication date: January 2009
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ISBN: 978-0-87417-819-7
Binding: [Paperback]
Pages: 272
Publication date: March 2010
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The Family Ranch
Land, Children, and Tradition in the American West
Description
As a stabilizing force in the American West, ranch families play a critical role in our country. They contribute to our nation with the food they raise, the resources they manage, and the environments and heritage they preserve. Award-winning author Linda Hussa offers readers an intimate view into the lives of six diverse ranching families. Photographer Madeleine Graham Blake provides engaging and often moving images that portray each family at work and at play. Chapters on the critical issues facing them, such as grazing rights, water use, and education, set these profiles in a larger context. This is family ranching as it is now, a tracing of how it always was, but made far more complex in modern times. The family ranch in the twenty-first century faces many challenges, from competition with government-subsidized agribusiness corporations to tax laws that encourage development over agriculture and prevent the smooth transfer of land from one generation to the next. By combining their traditions with the tools of modern technology, these people strengthen the ideal of family and give their business a vibrant and viable future. The text and photographs of The Family Ranch will inspire fresh thinking about tradition, values, and responsibility.
Reviews
"Linda Hussa's book explores major issues and changes in ranching in the American West. Anyone interested in learning about the reality of ranching life would enjoy this book." -Judy Blunt, author of Breaking Clean

"In this book Linda Hussa tugs seriously at our heart strings with stories of incredible dedication, hard work, love, and persistence. The teacher and mentor in all these things is nature. The classroom is the family ranch. The lessons that begin in youth are life-long. The reason she tells us is to make us aware that this way of life is too valuable to lose. The threats are many and serious, and we all participate in them to some degree. Read this and pass it on." -Dan Dagget, author of Beyond the Rangeland Conflict: Toward a West That Works and Gardeners of Eden: Rediscovering Our Importance to Nature

"The role of nurture in the West may well be its most untold story, and the portraits of the six families painted here are both moving and essential as we try to build a sustainable world." -Teresa Jordan, author of Riding the White Horse Home: A Western Family Album

"The Family Ranch offers an unforgettable portrait of enduring family traditions. A treasury of insight into the traditions and legacy of a distinctly American way of life." -The Midwest Book Review

"Linked images and stories...make this book an important contribution to a more nuanced understanding of our modern American West." -Oregon Historical Quarterly

"Author Linda Hussa demonstrates an impressive eye for detail as she chronicles the challenges and the rewards of modern-day ranching life in The Family Ranch." -American Cowboy

"...she has drawn well from her own experience to paint a remarkable portrait of contemporary ranch life. One would look far and wide for a more intriguing or thorough treatment." -Annals of Wyoming