About 20 percent of the population of the United States lives in rural areas, which make up around 90 percent of the country. While the focus is often on the cities, this class will take a historical approach, beginning with the Frontier, the Midwest, and the conflict between ranching and farming. We will then move across the United States, look at Native Americans in rural areas in the North, at the rural South and its history in slavery and agriculture and at today's issues such as water supply and sewage systems, which form only a small part of current environmental conflicts. All material, including photographs and film as well as numerous texts will be provided on StudIP. This class will be online and assignment driven.