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Tore Olsson

Tore OlssonAssistant Professor
Department of History
Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens, GA
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship
Project: Agrarian Crossings: Remaking the U.S. and Mexican Countryside in the Twentieth Century

This book project questions the intellectual segregation of "American" and "Latin American" history by revealing that the agrarian histories of the United States and Mexico share far more than most might imagine.  At center stage are the 1930s and 1940s, when government and civil society in those two countries waged unprecedented campaigns to remake their countrysides in the name of agrarian justice and agricultural productivity.  Based on extensive multilingual and multinational research, the book project explores how those campaigns were forged in dialogue with one another:  how rural reformers in each country came to exchange models, plans, strategies (and hopes and dreams) with their equivalents across the border.  Rather than a comparative history, the book is a history of comparisons and the way that comparison impacted policy, moved people, and remade landscapes.

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