The Haymakers

1114 WordsDec 13, 20065 Pages
Minnesota's history is littered with tales of hardship and struggles for survival. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. But where do the tough live…in the great hay-making state of Minnesota. Weather, sorrow, and physical labor all contribute to the struggle of life on the farm. Each account of life on the farm is blanketed with pride, without ever mentioning the word. "Make hay while the sun shines." (pg.9) Dark clouds are always just beyond the horizon. Every family moved to Minnesota with one common goal in mind. This goal was to have a home, a family, and a farm. Life on the farm was not easy; if Andrew Peterson was still living, he would attest to that. Peterson was a man of religion and land. He emigrated to the United…show more content…
The force pushed the air out of his lungs. He had drawn his last breath. After several minutes without oxygen, his brain cells died and his body quit struggling to breathe. The weight of the machine broke no bones and only left faint marks on his chest. His body seemed unharmed."(pg.168) Complete helplessness, having no control, such powerful and devastating situations are used at climaxes in horror movies. Could the farm truly posses such pain? "More farmers are injured and more are killed in accidents than any other industry in the United States" (pg.176) As the time period moves forward the quality of the farm machinery increases. Perplexing to me because, the tools of the trade are better; shouldn't the work be easier, with greater profit as well? Not so, because the family farm has been pushed out of the scene by big business. It is ironic, how big business crept in and taken over such a simple and innocent way of life. The problem is, the new farm machinery was over-priced, making it hard for the everyday farmer to purchase it. "Corporate America" has worked its way into nearly all aspects of everyday life activities. The financial burdens of owning a farm are so great, Larry alone was in debt $250,000 in 1980. Family farming as we know it has very nearly come to an end. The book is written with such detail and accuracy, thus placing the reader
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