American Agriculture: A Brief History

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Purdue University Press, 2002 - History - 424 pages
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R.Douglas Hurt's brief history of American agriculture, from the prehistoric period through the twentieth century, is written for anyone coming to this subject for the first time. It also provides a ready reference to the economic, social, political, scientific, and technological changes that have most affected farming in America. American Agriculture is a story of considerable achievement and success, but it is also a story of greed, racism, and violence. Hurt offers a provocative look at history that has been shaped by the best and worst of human nature.
 

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I have used the text for a number of years in my American Agricultural History class. It is a great book and goes well with the video series "America the Bountiful." Well worth the read. It goes into enough detail to provide students (anyone) with the agricultural history of our country. A+++

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good book if you want to learn a good amount about the post-civil war sharecropping system

Contents

THE NATIVE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
3
THE COLONIAL YEARS
35
Agrarianism
72
THE NEW NATION
78
ANTEBELLUM AMERICA
117
The Civil War
159
THE GILDED AGE
165
THE AGE OF PROSPERITY
221
Veterinary Medicine
280
TROUBLED TIMES
287
DAYS OF UNCERTAINTY
331
TWENTIETHCENTURY CLOSURE
379
APPENDIX
405
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
407
INDEX
413
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R. Douglas Hurt was Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Agricultural History and Rural Studies at Iowa State University in Ames and is now Head of the History Department at Purdue University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including African American Life in the Rural South, 1900-1950 and Agriculture and Slavery in Missouri's Little Dixie.

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