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"Firsts" in Rural Sociology
Below is a list of "firsts" in Rural Sociology.
These include items such as the first textbook or the first
This list is a continual work in progress.
If you know of other "Firsts" that should be included, please email
the RSS Historian.
1894 at the University of Chicago.
First Course at an
1904 Rhode Island
Constructive Rural Sociology.
John M. Gillette. 1913. (New York: Sturgis and Walton).
Introduction to Rural
Sociology. Paul L. Vogt. 1917. (New York: Appleton).
Department of Rural Social Organization. 1918.
First national organization to
have “Rural Sociology” in its name:
National Association of Rural
Sociology Extension Workers. (est. 1931)
First President of
the Rural Sociological Society:
Dwight Sanderson (1938-1939)
First editor of the journal
Lowry Nelson (1936-1940)
organized in the American Sociological Association [Society]:
Rural Sociology Section (1922).
First Chair of the
Rural Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association
Dwight Sanderson (1922).
First President of the American
Sociological Society [ASA] to serve in the position while
employed outside of
Carl C. Taylor. (RSS President
1939-1940. At the time, Taylor was head of the USDA’s
Farm Population and Rural Life.)
Research Report in Early Rural Sociology:
The Social Anatomy of an
Agricultural Community. Charles J. Galpin. 1915.
(Research Bulletin No. 34, Wisconsin Agricultural
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