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Flax Americana : a history of the fibre and oil that covered a continent

Author: Joshua MacFadyen
Publisher: Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: McGill-Queen's rural, wildland, and resource studies series, 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Farmers feed cities, but starting in the nineteenth century they painted them too. Flax from Canada and the northern United States produced fibre for textiles and linseed oil for paint - critical commodities in a century when wars were fought over fibre and when increased urbanization demanded expanded paint markets. Flax Americana re-examines the changing relationships between farmers, urban consumers, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
MacFadyen, Joshua, 1979-
Flax Americana.
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018
(OCoLC)1055044969
Named Person: Henry Luke Bolley; Henry Luke Bolley; Flachs
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua MacFadyen
ISBN: 9780773553477 0773553479 9780773553460 0773553460 0773553959 9780773553958
OCLC Number: 1057896815
Notes: North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station was active in flax research in the 1890's primarily under Professor Henry L. Bolley. This scientific research combined with the interests of the flax industries led to the establishment of the Flax Development Committee (FDC) to promote flax cultivation and research.
Description: xv, 350 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The edge of industrialization : finding a northern fibre --
Everyday exchanges : growing and harvesting flax in Ontario --
Flax fabrications : selling the promoter's plant --
Covering the earth : North American flax and paint to 1878 --
Saving the surface : flax in the urban industrial complex --
Growing flax for linseed oil and paint --
Saving flax: industry, science, and the tariff --
Conclusion.
Series Title: McGill-Queen's rural, wildland, and resource studies series, 10.
Responsibility: Joshua MacFadyen.
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