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Newcomers to Old TownsSuburbanization of the Heartland$
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Sonya Salamon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226734125

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226734118.001.0001

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A Persistent Agrarian Town: Smallville

A Persistent Agrarian Town: Smallville

(p.59) 3 A Persistent Agrarian Town: Smallville
Newcomers to Old Towns

Karen Davis-Brown

University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents a case study of rural change in Smallville, Illinois. It provides information of employment and demographic profiles and describes the community change in terms of space and place in Smallville. Local citizens work together simply to sustain what they value about their modest community and their cooperative activities are motivated by a shared priority for preserving the town for future generations. Through dedicated civic service of community members, each successive generation learns to be good citizens, to have respect for elders, and to develop a loyalty that cements a place attachment to Smallville.

Keywords:   rural change, Smallville, Illinois, cooperative activities, shared priority, civic service, good citizens, place attachment, community change

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