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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 department. 

 

This list is a continual work in progress.  If you know of other "Firsts" that should be included, please email the RSS Historian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Course:

 

   1894 at the University of Chicago.

 

 

 

First Course at an Agricultural College:

 

    1904  Rhode Island Agricultural College.

 

 

 

First Textbooks:

 

    Constructive Rural Sociology. John M. Gillette. 1913.  (New York: Sturgis and Walton).

    Introduction to Rural Sociology. Paul L. Vogt. 1917.  (New York: Appleton).

 

 

 

First Department:

 

    Cornell University.  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 Rural Sociology:

 

   Lowry Nelson (1936-1940)

 

 

 

First section organized in the American Sociological Association [Society]:

 

   Rural Sociology Section (1922).

 

 

 

First Chair of the Rural Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association [Society]:

 

   Dwight Sanderson (1922).

 

 

 

First President of the American Sociological Society [ASA] to serve in the position while

employed outside of academia:

 

   Carl C. Taylor.  (RSS President 1939-1940.  At the time, Taylor was head of the USDA’s Division of

   Farm Population and Rural Life.)

 

 

 

Most Influential Research Report in Early Rural Sociology:

 

    The Social Anatomy of an Agricultural Community.  Charles J. Galpin. 1915.  (Research Bulletin No. 34, Wisconsin Agricultural

     Experiment Station.  Madison, WI.)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Please send suggestions, ideas, or changes to:

 

Julie N. Zimmerman

RSS Historian

Professor, Rural Sociology

Dept. of Community and Leadership Development, University of Kentucky

jzimm@email.uky.edu

 

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