THE OLD HOMESTEAD
Farming "will remain the same though Dynasties pass," thought Thomas Hardy. In our own day, however, the farmer is beginning to be treated like a poor moulting bird whom tenderhearted environmentalists want the government to take under its wing. Hollywood became interested in the farmer and a spate of movies with well-known actresses appeared. The film establishment gave an Academy Award to Sally Field, and Jessica Lange won kudos from the critics. Then Field and Lange and Sissy Spacek and Jane Fonda went to Washington to testify before congressional committees about what they felt. Why?
The farmer enjoyed a short-lived success on the silver screen, because he was the latest addition to our nation's pantheon of victims. From time immemorial the farmer has been the one independent figure in our society. He can produce his own