Big Smoke - Suggested Readings


Hurt, R. Douglas. American Farm Tools: From Hand-power to Steam-power. Manhattan: Sunflower University Press, 1982.


Emphasis on the material and technical – a wonderful reference on tools and technology.


Isern, Thomas D. Bull Threshers and Bindlestiffs: Harvesting and Threshing on the Northern Plains. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1991.


History of small grain harvesting and threshing in the heyday of steam on the plains. Deeply researched in primary sources, richly illustrated with period photographs. A scholarly history of the era evoked by today’s old-time threshing shows.


Rikoon, J. Sanford. Threshing in the Midwest, 1820-1940: A Study of Traditional Culture and Technological Change. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988.


Detailed cultural history of threshing in the agriculture of the Midwest – covering the region to the east of that treated by Isern.




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