Welcome to Southern Illinois Wonders. Today, we look at the origin of farm cooperatives and the role they played in the years following the Civil War in southern Illinois.
Jane Adams grew up on a farm in Jackson County. She’s a retired anthropology professor and an expert on the history of farming. She takes a closer look at the Farmers Movement 1873.
Jane Adams is a farming historian and professor emeritus of anthropology at Southern Illinois University. She’s the author of The Transformation of Rural Life: Southern Illinois 1890-1990 by the University of North Carolina Press.
Southern Illinois Wonders is produced in collaboration with the Illinois Humanities Council, a non profit organization that fosters cultural vitality in communities throughout the state. More information is on line at www.priaie.org.
Theme music for Southern Illinois Wonders is provided by Robert Bowlin.