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Crossroads - The Past, Present, and Future of Agriculture in America

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“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” 
― Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

In this lesson, students will:

  • Read about our nation’s historic connection to agriculture from early colonization to present day
  • Analyze the evolution of agricultural practices in America over time
  • Understand how our present understanding of agriculture is a product of our time, and it will continue to evolve

A multimedia mix of videos, student handouts, interactive websites, historical artifacts and artwork provide an in-depth look at this complex topic. Each slide has information and/or quizzes attached for testing student comprehension. Open-ended questions are provided to stimulate further thought on the topic.