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Life On Prairie Farms, EV Smalley,
The recurrent farm problems of the nineteenth century were usually described in political and economic terms, but there were also social difficulties imposed by the solitary nature of farm life. One attempt at a solution was the following proposal by journalist E. V. Smalley, who called for a complete reorganization of rural villages.

Smalley, E.V. "The Isolation of Life on Prairie Farms." The Atlantic Monthly. Vol. 63-88. N.p.: Atlantic Monthly Company, 1903. 378-81. Print.

The descriptions in the second and third paragraphs (lines 4-21) are used to


promote the idea that land is being given away in the Northwestern prairies.


highlight the differences in farming techniques between European and Northwestern prairie farms.


emphasize the importance of education in a farming village.


examine the stark difference between the life in a European farm village versus life in a Northwestern prairie farm region.

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