Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Agriculture Economics


Having been born in McLennan County, the writer has noted many changes in the agricultural picture and felt a need to do some research in this area.

The problem of this study is concerned with the reasons why some people leave the farm and others remain. Why have a number of small farmers either let their land lie idle, sold it, or lived on it and worked on other jobs? What has caused a great deal of farm land to be taken in by the city? And what is the significance of the modern houses and conveniences being built in the farming areas.

It is true that a number of Negroes of this County have migrated to the manufacturing centers in and around Waco, and others have gone to the northern and western states, yet there are those who have remained.

McLennan County; populous central Texas County ranking high in both industry and agriculture lying on the black and grand prairie. It was created and organized in 1850 from Milam County, and named for Neil McLennan Sr., early settler in this area.

The population in 1957 was 157,720. The population in 1950 was 73.4 per cent urban, 15.9 per cent rural non-farm, 10.7 per cent rural farm; 78.7 per cent Anglo-Americans, 4.2 per cent Latin Americans, and 17.1 per cent Negroes.

The purpose of this study is to determine "Some Factors Influencing Rural-Urban Migration in McLennan County."

The writer hoped to find in this study what changes have taken place in farming in McLennan County during the past twenty-five years.

Growing out of this problem the writer hopes to answer the following questions: 1. What have been the major changes in farming since 1933? 2. What has caused these changes? 3. What have been the effects of these changes?

This study is limited to the Negro residents of McLennan County. Persons selected for the survey were persons who are presently operating farms and persons who have operated farms, but are not presently engaged in farming.

The period covered in the study is from 1933 to the present.

Committee Chair/Advisor

E. M. Norris


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John B Coleman Library

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