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Broken Heartland gives an in depth picture of what rural society is like Osha Gray Davidson goes on to vividly illustrate some of the countries farming problems and crisis Davidson gives details the results of the farm crisis the aging population closed businesses unemployment and suicide to name a few Davidson establishes a relationship between the farm crisis and the evolution of Americas Heartland as a rural ghetto The author characterizes parts of Iowa as a rural ghetto due to its increase in poverty from the farm crisis The farm crisis brought about hard economic times for farmers during the eighties Some of these hard times brought depression for many farmers not to mention shame for struggling farmers Farms are supposed to be thought of as basic element of the American Dream especially to the Heartland This dream according to Davidson is one that is fading The homestead act of 1862 under which Jeffersons dream of an agrarian nation of small land owners was finally to have been made a reality has been called the greatest democratic measure of all history p24 The provisions of act were supposed to help farmers and give them a clear title to their land after owning it for five years The act had some problems with it because most of the good farming land had already been bought up and on the contrary farmers could not support a family on only 160 acres of land Davidson uses much emotion to describe some of the events and hardships faced in the small town of Tipton Iowa Grace Countryman a clerk of over 14 years in a variety store explains how Wal-mart shut down their store Chapter 3 then goes on to discuss The Wal-marting of rural America When a big company like Wal-Mart moves into town it is hard for small businesses to adjust Competing stores try to hang on three four or five years according to economist Kenneth
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