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Every American school kid knows the story of the American farmer. During the time period between the late 1700's to the mid 1950's, a vast majority of Americans worked and lived as farmers. From 90% of the population in 1790 to its peak at 31 million in the 1940s. It was a part of society that has been written about, painted, told in movies and remembered by many. The American farm & farmer reached legendary status throughout the world and was a large reason why this nation grew.
But, the lure of city jobs, technology advancements, farmers debt in the 1980's and the decrease in crop prices due to worldwide competition, introduced the country to large corporate farms, created a fast decline in the rural farming population.
Lost Americana is not about trying to preserve a way of life, fight against corporate farming, or save historical buildings. It's a look at who & what has been left behind after a decline of 30 million people over 30 years. In what could be the the World's largest Exodus in history.
The rural American landscape is dotted with shuttered towns and Farms. Structures that rise up from the horizon, sitting amidst growing crops. Abandoned falling apart, eventually theses man made structures will all return to the earth. Buildings that often cost more to tear down than the land they are on is worth. Schools & shops, sitting empty for decades, home now to birds, squirrels and other animals, who get in through broken widows & holes in the walls & roofs.
While the pyramids in Egypt and the Great Wall in China, will most likely be around for our children's children to see. This period in time when the majority of what remains from our countries storied past & the people who lived there when it was a vibrant society, will soon become another piece of Lost Americana.
The images & stories here are of what it looks like as the last of a society of people disappears quietly.
Vincent David Johnson
|©2014 Lost Americana by Vincent David Johnson|