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The nature of the future agriculture, science, and capitalism in the antebellum North

Author: Emily Pawley
Publisher: Chicago The University of Chicago Press 2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Performances. Capitalist aristocracy ; No ordinary farmers -- Experiments. Experiments all for worldly gain ; Trying machines -- Futures. Coining foliage into gold ; Divining adaptation -- Values. Truth in fruit ; The balance-sheet of nature -- Epilogue.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Pawley
ISBN: 9780226693835 022669383X
OCLC Number: 1162816761
Description: 301 Seiten Illustrationen
Contents: Performances. Capitalist aristocracy ; No ordinary farmers --
Experiments. Experiments all for worldly gain ; Trying machines --
Futures. Coining foliage into gold ; Divining adaptation --
Values. Truth in fruit ; The balance-sheet of nature --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Emily Pawley

Abstract:

Performances. Capitalist aristocracy ; No ordinary farmers -- Experiments. Experiments all for worldly gain ; Trying machines -- Futures. Coining foliage into gold ; Divining adaptation -- Values. Truth in fruit ; The balance-sheet of nature -- Epilogue.

"In the seemingly mundane Northern farm of early America and the people who sought to improve its productivity and efficiency, Emily Pawley finds a world rich with innovative practices and marked by a developing interrelationship between scientific knowledge, industrial methods, and capitalism. Agricultural "improvers" became increasingly scientistic, driving tremendous increases in the range and volume of agricultural output-and transforming American conceptions of expertise, success, and exploitation. Pawley's focus on soil, fertilizer, apples, mulberries, agricultural fairs, and experimental stations shows each nominally dull subject to have been an area of intellectual ferment and sharp contestation: mercantile, epistemological, and otherwise."

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