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Betrayal: Agricultural Politics in the Fifties

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Herbert Schulz
978-1-55238-292-9 (Institutional PDF)
$29.95 CAD / $34.95 USD
235 pages
21 b&w photos, notes, index
September 2004


About the Book: 

Herbert Schulz gives us an inside''s account of the hardscrabble and often heartless prairie farm politics of the 1950s. The son of a CCF member, Schulz was an early organizer for the Manitoba Federation of Agriculture and later an executive in the Grandview Pool Elevator Association. His compelling memoir offers many humorous and poignant anecdotes but is laced with stories of betrayal. Speaking from his intimate, and frequently controversial, involvement in farm politics during a critical decade for prairie agriculture, Schulz argues that the demise of the family farm has not been merely an inevitable side-effect of technology. Many farm families watched their dreams crumble as expected support from trusted politicians failed to materialize. During these years, numerous family farms faded into history, their memory serving as a quaint reminder of what was once a proud tradition.

About the Author(s): 

Herbert Schulz is a son of Romanian immigrants. He grew up on the family farm in the Grandview area of west-central Manitoba and ran his own farm from the late 1940s to the early 1960s.

Short-listed for the 2004 Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction (Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards)