Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



The present world crisis has increased the demand for farm mechanics. With the manpower shortage and increasingly heavy production demands, farmers throughout the country have had to shift more and more to mechanized farming. Also the limitation placed on the manufacture of farm machinery as factories shifted to the production of weapons of war has made it necessary that farmers do more to keep their machinery in repair. Training in the efficient handling of these new types of machines is imperative. Too, the manpower shortage makes it necessary for the farmer to do much of his own repair work, rather than rely upon men who can "fix things". Roehl, realizing this problem, has suggested a community repair shop in which may be done many of the repair jobs that arise daily on farms. However, in many sections of America's largest state, such community repair shops could not be conveniently located to serve the needs of the farmers who live great distances apart.

In predicting post-war needs one readily sees continued use of modern farm machinery, modernization of farm homes, and nation wide rural electrification. The farmer of the future must be taught the new processes incident to these developments.

In view of the foregoing, it becomes, then, the purpose of this thesis to propose a course of study in farm mechanics designed to meet the specific needs of Negro farmers in the State of Texas.

This study involves three hundred Negro farmers located in forty counties where farm mechanics is taught. These farmers live in the northeast, east-central, and southeast sections of Texas.

Committee Chair/Advisor

E. M. Norris

Committee Member

G. L. Smith

Committee Member

J. M. Coruthers


Prairie View State College


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John B Coleman Library

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Prairie View





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