History of Agriculture in Washington State (1900-1980)

Winter 2019 quarter

Taught by

political economy, community development and planning

Agriculture in Washington first developed during a period of agrarian revolt. Populism, in its many forms, took root in our state through political organizations such as the Grange – an agriculturally based fraternal organization that played a dominant role in the politics of the state prior to WWII. Both agriculture and politics were shaped by the replacement of the family farm with corporations controlled by national and international financial interests. The story of the industrialization of agriculture provides deep insight into the political economy of our state and helps explain how our nation’s food production and distribution system was shaped.

Program Details

Fields of Study

history political economy sociology sustainability studies

Preparatory For

This EWS elective was developed in consultation with Martha Rosemeyer and Sarah Williams as a link to the Food and Agriculture Curricular Pathway. It was discussed this past summer at our Curricular pathway session as a potential 8-credit program, that could be taught over two quarters (fall and winter) with options for cap stone work in the spring. This directly matches my professional work in the state and region related to rural urban linkages for community and economic development.


Winter Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Thursdays 6:00-9:30 PM

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning