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Frederick Whitford’s large and thorough tome follows the history of Indiana’s county extension agents from the program’s precursors in the 1880s through the tumultuous 1920s, years that set the stage for the trials of the Great Depression. Whitford has combed through the records of the Indiana Extension Service, searching for the issues that animated and motivated the earliest extension agents. A good bit of his material came from the annual reports that agents filed, as well as from extension bulletins developed to educate farmers. His research is exhaustive.