FARMING

   The great Westward movement of the 19th century was in one sense a movement that broke the soil and planted farms all over the trans-Mississippi West. Even in ranching country there were plenty of small farms side by side with the ranches. The Homestead Act of 1862 allowed anyone to claim 160 acres of free land as long as they improved it in specific ways within five years. Thus, toward the end of the Western era, farms were everywhere in the West— everywhere but in the movies. But, as Scott Simmon writes, while the Hollywood Western wants to idolize farmers in a Jeffersonian way, “it cannot abide depicting farmwork” (2004, 134). Cowboy heroes ride horses and move cattle, if they work at all. The reason is that ranching and cattle drives work themselves out cinematically better than farming. Panoramic shots of large stretches of unbroken land show a romantic West that would be spoiled by patchworks of farms. In a film like Shane (1953), even though the homesteaders farm for a living, we actually see very little farming.

Historical Dictionary of Westerns in Cinema. . 2012.

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  • Farming — Farm ing, a. Pertaining to agriculture; devoted to, adapted to, or engaged in, farming; as, farming tools; farming land; a farming community. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • farming —    Farming was the mainstay of the economies of the societies of the ancient world, including those of Mesopotamia and the regions that adjoined it. In fact, most modern scholars think that agriculture originated around 9000 b.c. in the Near East …   Ancient Mesopotamia dictioary

  • farming — 1590s, action of farming out, verbal noun from FARM (Cf. farm) (v.). Meaning husbandry attested by 1733 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Farming — Farm ing, n. The business of cultivating land. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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