Indiana's pioneers came to southern Indiana to turn into reality the dream of an America based on family farming. The golden age prior to the Civil War led to post-War preservation of the independent family farmer. Salstrom examines this "independence" and finds the label to be less than adequate. Hoosier farming was an inter-dependent activity leading to a society of borrowing and loaning. When people talk about supporting family farming, as Salstrom notes, the issue is a societal one with a greater population involved than just the farmers themselves.