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Liberty Hyde Bailey
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Before Wendell Berry and Aldo Leopold, there was the horticulturalist and botanist Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954). For Wendell Berry, Bailey was a revelation, a symbol of the nature-minded agrarianism Berry himself popularized. For Aldo Leopold, Bailey offered a model of the scholar-essayist-naturalist. In his revolutionary work of eco-theology, The Holy Earth, Bailey challenged the anthropomorphism-the people-centeredness-of a vulnerable world.

A trained scientist writing in the lyrical tradition of Emerson, Burroughs, and Muir, Bailey offered the twentieth century its first exquisitely interdisciplinary biocentric worldview; this Michigan farmer's son defined the intellectual and spiritual foundations of what would become the environmental movement. For nearly a half century, Bailey dominated matters agricultural, environmental, and scientific in the United States. He worked both to improve the lives of rural folk and to preserve the land from which they earned their livelihood. Along the way, he popularized nature study in U.S. classrooms, lobbied successfully for women's rights on and off the farm, and bulwarked Teddy Roosevelt's pioneering conservationism.

Here for the first time is an anthology of Bailey's most important writings suitable for the general and scholarly reader alike. Carefully selected and annotated by Zachary Michael Jack, this book offers a comprehensive introduction to Bailey's celebrated and revolutionary thinking on the urgent environmental, agrarian, educational, and ecospiritual dilemmas of his day and our own. Culled from ten of Bailey's most influential works, these lyrical selections highlight Bailey's contributions to the nature-study and the Country Life movements.

Published on the one-hundredth anniversary of Bailey's groundbreaking report on behalf of the Country Life Commission, Liberty Hyde Bailey: Essential Agrarian and Environmental Writings will inspire a new generation of nature writers, environmentalists, and those who share with Bailey a profound understanding of the elegance and power of the natural world and humanity's place within it.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Editor’s Preface: “ Sower and Seer”: Essential Agrarian and Environmental Writings of Liberty Hyde Bailey
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introducing Sower and Seer, Liberty Hyde Bailey
  2. pp. 1-38
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  1. I. Workmanship
  2. pp. 39-59
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  1. My Father’s Hoe
  2. pp. 40-43
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  1. The Honest Day’s Work
  2. pp. 44-48
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  1. Nails
  2. pp. 49-51
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  1. From Haying-Time to Radio
  2. pp. 52-59
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  1. Soil
  2. pp. 60-63
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  1. The Daily Fare
  2. pp. 64-76
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  1. II. Conscience
  2. pp. 77-78
  1. The Separate Soul
  2. pp. 79-83
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  1. The Struggle for Existence: War
  2. pp. 84-88
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  1. The Keeping of the Beautiful Earth
  2. pp. 89-91
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  1. The Habit of Destruction
  2. pp. 92-97
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  1. The Country-life Phase of Conservation
  2. pp. 98-105
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  1. The Middleman Question
  2. pp. 106-109
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  1. III. Education
  2. pp. 110-111
  1. The Integument-Man
  2. pp. 112-114
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  1. The Meaning of the Nature-study Movement
  2. pp. 115-126
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  1. The Fundamental Question in American Country Life
  2. pp. 127-131
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  1. The Outlook to Nature
  2. pp. 132-134
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  1. IV. Community
  2. pp. 135-136
  1. The Brotherhood Relation
  2. pp. 137-142
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  1. The Neighbor’s Access to the Earth
  2. pp. 143-153
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  1. Country and City
  2. pp. 154-157
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  1. The Principle of Enmity
  2. pp. 158-161
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  1. Democracy, What It Is
  2. pp. 162-165
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  1. V. Nature
  2. pp. 166-167
  1. The Ways to Approach Nature
  2. pp. 168-171
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  1. The Forest
  2. pp. 172-176
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  1. The Spiritual Contact with Nature
  2. pp. 177-179
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  1. The Holy Earth, the Statement
  2. pp. 180-187
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  1. VI. Farm
  2. pp. 188-189
  1. The Democratic Basis in Agriculture
  2. pp. 190-194
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  1. The National Movement
  2. pp. 195-202
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  1. Women’s Contribution to the Country-life Movement
  2. pp. 203-207
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  1. One Hundred and Twenty-nine Farmers
  2. pp. 208-215
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  1. VII. Poetics
  2. pp. 216-217
  1. What Literature Can Do for Us
  2. pp. 217-222
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  1. The Threatened Literature
  2. pp. 223-225
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  1. The Tones of Industry
  2. pp. 226-227
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  1. VIII. Appreciations
  2. pp. 228-248
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  1. Apple Tree
  2. pp. 229-230
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  1. Wind
  2. pp. 231-234
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  1. Rain
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. Weed
  2. pp. 239-241
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  1. Peach
  2. pp. 242-243
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  1. Horse
  2. pp. 244-247
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  1. Evening
  2. pp. 248-249
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  1. Morning
  2. pp. 250-253
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  1. X. Coda, the Agrarian Way
  2. pp. 254-274
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  1. Journey’s End
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-261
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  1. About the Editor
  2. pp. 282-282
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