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The Education of Ada

The Education of Ada

Chapter:
(p.46) 3 The Education of Ada
Source:
Agrarianism and the Good Society
Author(s):
Eric T. Freyfogle
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124391.003.0004

This chapter draws upon the experiences of the main characters in the Charles Frazier novel Cold Mountain, to illustrate how nature and culture can come together on a small farm to give rise to the health and stability of the protagonists and provide an alluring vision of a rural society well settled in its natural home. The novel shows how developing a fondness for land and practicing good land use, creating a synthesis of subsistence farming and cultured transcendentalism, could transform the ways people see the world and their place in it.

Keywords:   land use, land-based culture, human nature, subsistence farming, cultured transcendentalism

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