ERIC Number: EJ791230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
"American Gothic" Revised: Positive Perceptions from a Young American Farmer
Joehl, Regan R.
Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, v37 p46-48 2008
Grant Wood's "American Gothic," intended to represent the Depression Era, Midwestern farmer, has been regarded by many as the stereotypical representation of a true American farmer for decades. While this painting does represent farmers in the early part of the 20th century, the author feels obliged to say that it is time to drop this stereotype and open one's eyes to the modern day farmer. In this essay, the author discusses the impact of this negative, outdated perception of farming to young college graduates, like him, who choose it as an occupation. He urges those who question the future of American agriculture or believe a modern day farmer is defined by "American Gothic" to change their negative attitude by looking into the eager eyes of a young farmer.
Descriptors: Painting (Visual Arts), Negative Attitudes, Agricultural Occupations, Career Choice, College Graduates, Public Opinion, Stereotypes, Personality Traits, Time Perspective, Occupational Aspiration
American Society of Agronomy. 677 South Segoe Road, Madison, WI 53711. Tel: 608-273-8080; Fax: 608-273-2021; Web site: http://www.jnrlse.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States