Harvest of Grief: Grasshopper Plagues and Public Assistance in Minnesota, 1873-78
Atkins eloquently portrays the extreme hardships of Minnesota farmers during the grasshopper plagues of the 1870s. She examines local, state, and national relief efforts, which she reviews in the context of nineteenth-century social welfare philosophy.
ANNETTE ATKINS is the author of We Grew Up Together: Brothers and Sisters in Nineteenth-Century America. She is professor of history at St. John's University/College of St. Benedict in Minnesota.
Praise for Harvest of Grief:
"Harvest of Grief is social history at its very best. It focuses on the dialy lives of Minnesota farmers during the grasshopper plagues of the 1870s, describes the failures of public assistance, and traces the strategies of survival acted out by hard-pressed farm families. It will win the praise of scholars and will engage the interest of all readers." -- Clarke E. Chambers, University of Minnesota
"This book is an important one. Quite simply, it is the msot searching treatment yet of the 1870s grasshopper plague. And because of its probing of the controversy over public assistance, it is certainly the most satisfying one." -- Western Historical Quarterly
"A well-written and clearly organized account of the grasshopper plagues in Minnesota and the generally ineffective measures of public relief in response to them. . . An important contribution to the literature on rural life and on social welfare in America." -- Indiana Magazine of History