The 4-H Harvest: Sexuality and the State in Rural America

Gabriel Rosenberg


University of Pennsylvania Press

Rosenberg, who teaches women's studies at Duke, has written the first comprehensive history of 4-H, the iconic rural youth program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rosenberg argues that public acceptance of the political economy of agribusiness hinged on federal efforts to establish a modern rural society through effective farming technology and techniques as well as through carefully managed gender roles, procreation and sexuality.