ERIC Number: ED115420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-22
A National Survey of Opinions on Country Life in America: The Unpublished Data from the Roosevelt Commission on Country Life (1908).
Jones, Thomas B.; Larson, Olaf F.
Utilizing unpublished data derived from the Roosevelt Commission on Country Life (1908), national summary reports of a 12-item questionnaire were examined and compared with the commission's published report. For purposes of analysis, the 12 questions were grouped as: (1) economic concerns, (2) farm labor, (3) services, (4) quality of life, and (5) organization for change and social purposes. Responses were tabulated by region (North Central, North Atlantic, Western, South Atlantic, and South Central) and by occupation (farmers, farmer's wives, post office employees, bankers and real estate dealers, etc.). Tabulation of responses revealed that the majority were unqualifiedly dissatisfied with (1) organization for improvement and social purposes, (2) organization to promote buying and selling, (3) supply of farm labor, and (4) educational training for farm life. The majority were unqualifiedly satisfied with conditions of: (1) farm homes, (2) farm labor, (3) sanitation, (4) communication, and (5) credit. Occupational and regional differences were evident, as teachers proved critical of farm life and the southern regions reflected a comparative disadvantage. While five claims made by the commission were supported, it was found that some of the commission's most important conclusions did not parallel the questionnaire and were not supported by the tabulated data. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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