Dr. Milton C. Sernett, Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and History, Syracuse University, will speak at 2:30 p.m. Sunday March 13 at Marcellus Free Library. His talk is titled "From Muscles to Motors on the Farm: Henry Ford and the Great American Tractor Wars, 1910-1930."
The Fordson, first mass-produced in 1918, gave farmers an affordable source of mechanical power.Henry Ford's entry into the tractor business sparked a conflict in the farm machinery industry that had long-term consequences for American life on and off the farm. Farm families were trying to adjust to new marvels everywhere - airplanes, automobiles, electricity on the farm, telephones, radio, consolidated rural schools, indoor plumbing, rural free delivery, better roads, and refrigeration. Rare images from the archives of the great tractor manufacturers and depictions of the seasons of agricultural work before the factory farm replaced the family farm will be highlighted.
This Speakers in the Humanities event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Registration required online at www.library.marcellusny.com or by phone at 673-3221.