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Title American georgics : writings on farming, culture, and the land / edited by Edwin C. Hagenstein, Sara M. Gregg, and Brian Donahue ; foreword by Wes Jackson
Published New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 406 pages) : illustrations
Series Yale agrarian studies series
Yale agrarian studies.
Contents Shaping the agrarian republic, 1780-1825 -- A nation of farmers: the promise and peril of American agriculture, 1825-1860 -- The machine in the garden: the rise of American romanticism -- Agriculture in an industrializing nation, 1860-1910 -- Agrarians in an industrial nation, 1900-1945 -- Southern agrarianism, 1925-1940 -- Back to the land again, 1940-present
Summary From Thomas Jeffersons Monticello to Michelle Obamas White House organic garden, the image of America as a nation of farmers has persisted from the beginnings of the American experiment. In this rich and evocative collection of agrarian writing from the past two centuries, writers from Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur to Wendell Berry reveal not only the great reach and durability of the American agrarian ideal, but also the ways in which society has contested and confronted its relationship to agriculture over the course of generations. Drawing inspiration from Virgils agrarian epic poem, Georgics this collection presents a complex historical portrait of the American character through its relationship to the land. From the first European settlers eager to cultivate new soil, to the Transcendentalist, utopian, and religious thinkers of the nineteenth century, American society has drawn upon the vision of a pure rural life for inspiration. Back-to-the-land movements have surged and retreated in the past centuries yet provided the agrarian roots for the environmental movement of the past forty years. Interpretative essays and a sprinkling of illustrations accompany excerpts from each of these periods of American agrarian thought, providing a framework for understanding the sweeping changes that have confronted the nations landscape
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-389) and index
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Subject Agriculture -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Donahue, Brian, 1955-
Gregg, Sara M.
Hagenstein, Edwin C.
LC no. 2010045042
ISBN 0300171846 (electronic bk.)
9780300171846 (electronic bk.)