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Great Jerusalem Artichoke Circus

The Buying and Selling of the Rural American Dream

Great Jerusalem Artichoke Circus by Joseph A. Amato
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In 1981, near the end of America’s second post-World War II energy crisis, and at the onset of the nations most recent farm crisis, American Energy Farming Systems began to sell and distribute what it deemed a “providential plant” destined to be a new and saving crop— the Jerusalem Artichoke. This volume recounts this story of the bizarre intersection of evangelical Christianity, a mythical belief in the powers of a new crop, and the depression of the U.S. farm economy in the 1980s.
University of Minnesota Press; September 1993
280 pages; ISBN 9780816685479
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Title: Great Jerusalem Artichoke Circus
Author: Joseph A. Amato; Paul Gruchow