- In 1790, what percent of the US population were farmers?
- In 1890, what percent of the US population were farmers?
- In 1990, what percent of the US population were farmers?
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I was looking for a photo of a farm from the early 1900's to accompany this post and found this one ... of farmers. I can't stop looking at it. I decided to post it instead. The photo is of the Jack Whinery family, taken in September 1940. Captions under the photos read:
September 1940. The Jack Whinery family in their Pie Town dugout. Homesteader Whinery, a licensed preacher, donates his services to the local church.From what I can tell, subsistence farming in the early part of the last century in this country was a hard life for many people.
September 1940. Jack Whinery, Pie Town, New Mexico, homesteader, with his wife and the youngest of his five children in their dirt-floor dugout home. Whinery homesteaded with no cash less than a year ago and does not have much equipment; consequently he and his family farm the slow, hard way, by hand. Main window of their dugout was made from the windshield of the worn-out car which brought this family to Pie Town from West Texas.
The photo is from the Shorpy site, a 100-year-old photography blog. You can visit the link for the photos here and here. The comments taught me a lot.