Change in Agriculture: The Northern United States, 1820-1870

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Harvard University Press, 1969 - Business & Economics - 322 pages
American agriculture changed radically between 1820 and 1870. In turning slowly from subsistence to commercial farming, farmers on the average doubled the portion of their production places on the market, and thereby laid the foundations for today's highly productive agricultural industry. But the modern system was by no means inevitable. It evolved slowly through an intricate process in which innovative and imitative entrepreneurs were the key instruments.
 

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Contents

THE GROWTH OF MARKETING INSTITUTIONS
27
SHARING AND EXPANDING THE FUND
49
PREREQUISITES FOR FARMING
73
ACQUIRING TITLE TO A FARM
105
THE MATERIEL OF FARM PRODUCTION
155
REACTIONS TO IMPROVED IMPLEMENTS
181
The Steel Plow
194
Seeding Machines
206
FURTHER REACTIONS TO IMPROVED
218
The Mechanical Harvester
228
Other Implements
249
CONCLUSION
278
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