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Field house located on canal in highlands near Mai Chau
 Field house located on canal in highlands near Mai Chau
A thatched roof house is located along a canal used for irrigating wet-rice fields in the highlands near Mai Chau. Such small houses built of local plant materials may be used by Southeast Asian highland families on a permanent basis, especially if they are...
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4-H and Home Demonstration Work during World War II
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 8.3
During the years of World War II, North Carolina women were led by Home Demonstration and extension agents in programs to increase food production and preservation. 4-H clubs also aided the war effort, primarily through the "Food for Victory" program and the "Feed a Fighter" campaign.
Format: article
By Amy Manor.
4-H Club boy feeding pig
4-H Club boy feeding pig
This ca. 1930 black and white image shows a 4-H club boy feeding a pig. The boy is crouching down next to a wooden feeding trough from which a large dark-colored pig is eating. The handle of an empty slop bucket rests in his hands. The freckle-faced boy is...
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4-H club boys and girls exhibiting their Victory Garden posters
4-H club boys and girls exhibiting their Victory Garden posters
A group of 15 students are pictured in this black and white photograph showing their 4-H posters which celebrate “Victory Gardens.” Six girls are standing behind a group of kneeling boys and girls in front of some tall pine trees and a hedge.
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4-H club children examine plants
4-H club children examine plants
In this black and white photograph, a black boy wearing thick-rimmed glasses is sitting at a school desk and examining a plant. The rootball is exposed and he is pulling out a few strands of the root system. Surrounding him and looking on are six other children,...
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4-H club contributions to the war effort
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 8.7
This page includes three reports sent by county agents of the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service after the war ended. Each county agent outlined the contributions of 4-H club members in his or her county to the war effort. Includes historical commentary.
Format: report/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
4-H Club family in their garden
4-H Club family in their garden
In this black and white photograph, three members of the Sauls family, two older girls dressed in skirts and a young boy in overalls, are seen planting a field in Wake County, North Carolina. The boy is shown making holes in the soil with a hoe. One of the...
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4-H club girl sorting eggs for packaging
4-H club girl sorting eggs for packaging
An older man and a young girl can be seen standing in front of an egg sorting machine in this black and white photograph. The girl is taking eggs out of a wire basket and placing them on a conveyor to be sorted. The eggs roll into a box on a wooden stand as...
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4-H club girl standing next to poultry house
4-H club girl standing next to poultry house
In this black and white photograph, a young woman stands in the grass next to a large poultry house containing dozens of chickens. She wears a patterned dress that comes just below her knees and a scarf wrapped around her head. The poultry house has two parts....
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4-H club member standing next to two calves who are eating grass
4-H club member standing next to two calves who are eating grass
In this black and white photograph a young boy wearing rolled-up blue jeans, a ball cap, and a white t-shirt stands next to two grazing calves.
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4-H Corn Exhibit at the NC State Fair
4-H Corn Exhibit at the NC State Fair
“4-H Club Trains Farm Youth in the Art of Living” is written on a banner over a 4-H club corn exhibit in this black and white photograph taken at the North Carolina State Fair in 1938. In the forefront of the image, on a table, are wooden trays...
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4-H mobilization for victory (1943)
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 8.4
In this letter to local extension agents, the North Carolina Director of Extension, J. O. Shaub, explained what 4-H clubs needed to do to mobilize youth to aid the war effort during World War II. Includes historical commentary.
Format: pamphlet/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
Aerial view of Mekong River joining Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap
Aerial view of Mekong River joining Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap
This view photographed from an airplane shows where the Mekong River joins Tonlé Sap Lake near Siem Reap in Cambodia. The waterways of the Mekong are the region's primary conduit for local trade and transportation. The Mekong River flows approximately 2,800...
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The African American State Fair
In North Carolina in the New South, page 1.10
For several years in the late nineteenth century, African American farmers held their own state fair in Raleigh to showcase improvements in agriculture.
Format: article
By Jim L. Sumner.
Agricultural implements from Jamestown settlement
Agricultural implements from Jamestown settlement
Farm tools used by an early settler for cultivating his newly cleared land. The tools were found by archaeologists working near Jamestown, Virginia, in the mid-1900s.
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Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
A small airport in Pokhara, Nepal during monsoon season. The surrounding landscape is a combination of mountainous forests and cleared farmlands.
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Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Balinese farmer plows flooded rice field with team of two cows
Balinese farmer plows flooded rice field with team of two cows
A Balinese farmer plows a flooded rice field with a team of two brown cows. Barefoot and dressed in shorts, singlet, and hat, the farmer wields a thin whip as he drives his cattle and plow through the ankle-deep water. Not all Balinese farmers are wealthy...
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Balinese farmer with hoe stands on dike, reflected in water of curved rice terraces
Balinese farmer with hoe stands on dike, reflected in water of curved rice terraces
A Balinese farmer with a hoe resting on his shoulder stands on a grassy dike between curved wet-rice terraces. The farmer's shadow is reflected in the water of a flooded field. The curved shape of these terraced fields, each edged with a grassy retaining wall,...
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Balinese man hoeing terraced wet-rice field
Balinese man hoeing terraced wet-rice field
In the center foreground of this lush scene, a Balinese man is hoeing a wet-rice field terrace level in preparation for its next round of planting. Some terraced fields at heights above and below the farmer are flooded with water, but the man is turning dark...
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