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Hurt, R. Douglas

Works: 56 works in 210 publications in 2 languages and 15,365 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works about R. Douglas Hurt
Most widely held works by R. Douglas Hurt
African American life in the rural South, 1900-1950( )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 2,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Great Plains during World War II by Ray Douglas Hurt( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, this compelling and frank history brings to life the voices and experiences of the residents of the Great Plains in recounting the story of the daily concerns of ordinary people that have become part of the nation's history of this seminal event."--Jacket
The rural South since World War II by R. Douglas Hurt( )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Without question the South is the most examined region in American history. Yet most studies have not ventured beyond World War II, and still fewer have considered the rural South. The New South - the urban, industrial Sunbelt South - has received the lion's share of scholarly attention up to now. This collection of essays by prominent authorities on the South seeks to remedy this neglect by providing an introduction to some of the most important economic, social, political, and cultural changes in the rural South since 1945. The Rural South Since World War II is an essential volume for all students of the South. Each of the essays is an important reminder that not all of the region is urban and that away from the interstate highways there exists a world that remains recognizably distinct
The Dust Bowl : an agricultural and social history by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

13 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and held by 1,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ohio frontier : crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830 by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the arrival in Ohio of Iroquois-speaking Indians, the entry of white fur traders and missionaries, the slaughter and expulsion of the Indians, and settlement by New Englanders and others
The Indian frontier, 1763-1846 by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume encompasses British efforts to enforce new settlement policies after their defeat of the French, the Spanish system of missions and presidios, trade in the Columbia River basin of the Pacific Northwest, the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears, and the establishment of a strong military presence to defend the trade routes of the Great Plains."--Cover
Agriculture and the Confederacy : policy, productivity, and power in the Civil War South by R. Douglas Hurt( )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this comprehensive and innovative Civil War history, R. Douglas Hurt traces the decline and fall of agriculture in the Confederate States of America, the backbone of the Southern economy, which, alongside military strength, Southerners believed would ensure their independence. In a sweeping study of agricultural production and government policy, Hurt connects the disintegration of Southern agriculture with the region's waning power, while giving voice to the farmers and planters in the Eastern and Western Confederacy"--
Indian agriculture in America : prehistory to the present by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1996 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American agriculture : a brief history by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This survey will serve as a text for courses in the history of American agriculture and rural studies as well as a supplementary text for economic history and rural sociology courses. It is illustrated with maps, drawings, and over seventy photographs."--BOOK JACKET
Problems of plenty : the American farmer in the twentieth century by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Great scientific and technological breakthroughs in the twentieth century enabled American farmers to produce bountiful harvests that ensured an abundant and relatively cheap food supply. But this agricultural wealth had its problems. As farmers became more productive, their surplus commodities - such as grain, milk, and cotton - glutted the market and drove prices down. With few exceptions, and despite their increased productivity, farmers found it difficult to earn an adequate standard of living."
Nathan Boone and the American frontier by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrated as one of America's frontier heroes, Daniel Boone left a legacy that made the Boone name almost synonymous with frontier settlement. Nathan Boone, the youngest of Daniel's sons, played a vital role in American pioneering, following in much the same steps as his famous father. In Nathan Boone and the American Frontier, R. Douglas Hurt presents for the first time the life of this important frontiersman. Based on primary collections, newspaper articles, government documents, and secondary sources, this well-crafted biography begins with Nathan's childhood in present-day Kentucky and Virginia and then follows his family's move to Missouri. Hurt traces Boone's early activities as a hunter, trapper, and surveyor, as well as his leadership of a company of rangers during the War of 1812. After the war, Boone returned to survey work. In 1831, he organized another company of rangers for the Black Hawk War and returned to military life, making it his career. The remainder of the book recounts Boone's activities with the army in Iowa and the Indian Territory, where he was the first Boone to gain notice outside Missouri or Kentucky. Even today his work is recognized in the form of state parks, buildings, and place-names. Although Nathan Boone was an important figure, he lived much of his life in the shadow of his father. R. Douglas Hurt, however, makes a strong case for Nathan's contribution to the larger context of life in the American backcountry, especially the execution of military and Indian policy and the settlement of the frontier. By recognizing the significant role that Nathan Boone played, Nathan Boone and the American Frontier also provides the recognition due the many unheralded frontiersmen who helped settle the West. Anyone with an interest in the history of Missouri, the frontier, or the Boone name will find this book informative and compelling. - Publisher
Food and agriculture during the Civil War by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The explosion of recent Civil War history titles has focused incisively on why soldiers fought, how their commanders mobilized their troops, and the war's bigger meaning within the American national and international contexts. Yet not since Paul W. Gates's classic work Agriculture and the Civil War (1965) has any historian asked what soldiers and those on the home front ate; how civilians produced and marketed foodstuffs during a devastating civil war; how the conflict impeded, encouraged, or altered agriculture, North and South; and how it impacted the world of land owners and farm laborers. The Civil War revolutionized the agricultural labor system in the South, and it had dramatic effects on farm labor in the North relating to technology. Agriculture also was an element of power for both sides during the Civil War--one that is often overlooked in traditional studies of the conflict. R. Douglas Hurt argues that Southerners viewed the agricultural productivity of their region as an element of power that would enable them to win the war, while Northern farmers considered their productivity not only an economic benefit to the Union and enhancement of their personal fortunes but also an advantage that would help bring the South back into the Union. This fascinating study by one of America's foremost agricultural historians examines the effects of the Civil War on agriculture for both the Union and the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865, emphasizing how agriculture directly related to the war effort in each region--for example, the efforts made to produce more food for military and civilian populations; attempts to limit cotton production; cotton as a diplomatic tool; the work of women in the fields; slavery as a key agricultural resource; livestock production; experiments to produce cotton, tobacco, and sugar in the North; and the adoption of new implements. Food and Agriculture during the Civil War fills a major void in Civil War scholarship and introduces the economic and social history of agricultural staples to 21st-century readers. Like today, Civil War-era armies reflected the societies they serve. Hurt's book offers deep insights into the communities that spawned soldiers blue and gray and that transformed America into a permanent Union based on free labor. -- Inside jacket flaps
American farms : exploring their history by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A how-to-do-it book for local historians ... for writing the history of a farm." Discusses oral history, using photographs, and the importance of farm architecture. Suggests major sources, appropriate techniques for research at libraries and state historical societies, and how to write the history.--Jacket
The Big Empty : the Great Plains in the twentieth century by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Great Plains, known for grasslands that stretch to the horizon, is a difficult region to define. Some classify it as the region beginning in the east at the ninety-eighth or one-hundredth meridian. Others identify the eastern boundary with annual precipitation lines, soil composi-tion, or length of the grass. In The Big Empty, leading historian R. Douglas Hurt defines this region using the towns and cities-Denver, Lin-coln, and Fort Worth-that made a difference in the history of the environment, politics, and agriculture of the Great Plains. Using the voices of women homesteaders, agrarian socialists, Jewish farmers, Mexican meatpackers, New Dealers, and Native Americans, this book creates a sweeping survey of contested race relations, radical politics, and agricultural prosperity and decline during the twentieth century. This narrative shows that even though Great Plains history is fraught with personal and group tensions, violence, and distress, the twentieth century also brought about compelling social, economic, and political change. The only book of its kind, this account will be of interest to historians studying the region and to anyone inspired by the story of the men and women who found an opportunity for a better life in the Great Plains
Agriculture and slavery in Missouri's Little Dixie by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although Missouri has strong cultural ties to the Upper South and major economic links to the Deep South, most historians have focused their agricultural studies on states other than Missouri. In Agriculture and Slavery in Missouri's Little Dixie, Douglas Hurt provides the first systematic study of agriculture and rural life in one of the most vital sections of Missouri prior to the Civil War."--BOOK JACKET. "This seven-county area along the Missouri River known as Little Dixie was the most important hemp-, tobacco-, and live-stock-producing region of the state, as well as a major slaveholding area. The people who settled Little Dixie had emigrated primarily from Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. They brought southern culture with them and adapted it to their new environment economically, socially, and politically."--BOOK JACKET. "Although the settlers began as subsistence farmers, unlimited opportunities and access by river to New Orleans and St. Louis made commercial farming possible almost immediately. Hurt provides the reader with a broad discussion of land acquisition, settlement, and town development in the region. He surveys the major agricultural endeavors of the southerners who settled there, considering technological change, agricultural organization, breed improvement, and transportation. Hurt also traces the development of rural life, emphasizing the importance of religion, education, and mercantile activities."--BOOK JACKET. "Slavery permeated all aspects of society in Little Dixie. Hurt discusses the acquisition and sale of slaves, their management, and the political protection of slavery, and he relates the significance of slavery in Little Dixie to the Deep South. One of his most important findings concerns the extensive trade of slave children in Little Dixie. Farmers and planters, driven by the struggle for profit, supported both slavery and the Union. Consequently, political division in the state mirrored the national debate over slavery but also showed the uniqueness of Missouri, both geographically and culturally."--BOOK JACKET. "This book will prove useful for anyone interested in American agricultural history, the economic and social history of the Upper South, and Missouri. Agriculture and Slavery in Missouri's Little Dixie provides a much-needed overview of the region's past."--BOOK JACKET
American farm tools : from hand-power to steam-power by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

14 editions published between 1981 and 1989 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rural West since World War II( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Department of Agriculture by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveys the history of the Department of Agriculture, describing its structure, current function, and influence on American society
The history of agricultural science and technology : an international annotated bibliography by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Hart Benton : artist, writer, and intellectual by R. Douglas Hurt( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Great Plains during World War II
The Great Plains during World War IIThe rural South since World War IIThe Ohio frontier : crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830The Indian frontier, 1763-1846Indian agriculture in America : prehistory to the presentAmerican agriculture : a brief historyProblems of plenty : the American farmer in the twentieth centuryNathan Boone and the American frontier
Alternative Names
Douglas Hurt, R. 1946-

Douglas Hurt, Ray 1946-

Hurt, R. Douglas 1946-

Hurt, Ray Douglas.

Hurt, Ray Douglas, 1946-

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