Betrayal: Agricultural Politics in the Fifties
University of Calgary Press, 2004 - 230 pages
Betrayal is an insider's account of the hardscrabble and often heartless prairie farm politics of the 1950s. The son of a CCF member, Herbert Schulz was an early organizer for the Manitoba Federation of Agriculture and later an executive in the Grandview Pool Elevator Association. This compelling memoir weaves together humorous and poignant anecdotes with stories of bitter betrayal.
Speaking from his intimate, and frequently controversial, involvement in farm politics during a critical decade for prairie agriculture, Schulz argues that the demise of the family farm has not been an inevitable side-effect of technology. Rather, many farm families watched their dreams crumble as expected support from trusted politicians failed to materialize. During these years, numerous family farms faded into history, their memory serving as a quaint reminder of what was once a proud tradition.