“The editors of the Farmer’s Wife compiled the letters from the sixty-eight contest winners into a small booklet entitled, “Do You Want Your Daughter To Marry A Farmer?” In the following pages you will read excerpts from many of the winning letters.
While the focus of the letters was obviously not about the changing American culture, it is still interesting to note how rarely these changes were addressed by the farm women in 1922. Not one farm wife mentioned women’s right to vote, prohibition, the radio, or changing standards in women’s dress. Occasional references were made to vaudeville, jazz, moonshine, flappers and movies, but with few exceptions, they were not mentioned favorably.
It appeared that the farm women were thrilled with popular inventions of the day that would make their lives easier: telephones, automobiles, lighting systems, running water, carpet sweepers and the like.
Nonetheless, they wanted their family life and values to be left alone. These articulate optimistic and visionary farm women of 1922 seemed quite content with their peaceful lives on the farm, spent with their husbands, children, neighbors, books and nature.”
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