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Tore Carl Olsson
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37996-0001)
The Shared Struggle to Remake the U.S. and Mexican Countryside in the 20th Century

A book-length study of the interaction between U.S. and Mexican efforts to modernize agriculture in the 1930s and 1940s, and their influence on the attempt to modernize Third World agriculture during the Cold War.

During the 1930s and 1940s, government and civil society in the United States and Mexico waged unprecedented campaigns to remake their countrysides in the name of agrarian justice and agricultural productivity. This book project examines how those campaigns were intertwined and forged in dialogue with one another. It examines key historical moments – the Mexican Revolution and its push for land reform, the New Deal's agrarian program, and the global "Green Revolution" to promote scientific agriculture – and unshackles them from the separate national frameworks to which they are frequently bound. In doing so, the book reveals that the rural histories of the United States and Mexico share far more than is often imagined.

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Project fields:
Diplomatic History; Latin American History; U.S. History

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2016 – 1/31/2017