In this summary of their final report, the Commission on Country Life provided information about the strengths of country life but spent most of the report identifying the weaknesses of country life and making recommendations for resolving those problems. This excerpt from their introduction briefly outlines that information.
- The County Life Commission began with the ways in which rural life was "prosperous and the conditions...are improving." What evidence did the Commission provide to support this statement? (Include at least five.)
- Then the Commission pointed out that farm life should not be measured by how it is better than the past, but how it compared to what farm life could be. To what did the Commission attribute the failure of farm life to live up to its possibilities? (Include as least two.)
- The Commission included the list of questions asked of rural people as part of their study. How could these questions be categorized around different aspects of rural life? If the number of questions are an indication of the Commission’s level of concern, about which aspects of rural life was the Commission most concerned? Provide evidence to support your answer.
"General Statement," Report of the Country Life Commission, pp. 20-22, 26, 1909. Courtesy of the Farm Credit Administration