The Farmer's Last Frontier: Agriculture, 1860-1897

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Contents
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I. NATURE AND THE FARMER3
The Tradition of Individualism3
Soil Variations as an Explanation5
Soil Characteristics7
The Great Soil Groups: Eastern10
The Great Soil Groups: Western14
Natural Forces Other than Soil19
Farmers' Adjustments to New Surroundings24
II. AGRICULTURAL SETTLEMENT IN NEW AREAS26
Outlying Settled Regions in 186026
The Population Frontier in 186032
Internal Expansion and Migration35
Organized Inducements to Settlement41
Immigration and Settlement45
III. DISPOSING OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN51
Fact and Fancy about the Number of Homesteads51
The Ideals and Hopes of Homestead Advocates52
Terms and Shortcomings of the Homestead Act53
Subsequent Land Acts58
Railroad Land Grants64
Cash Sales by Federal and State Governments67
Greater and Lesser Land Monopolists71
Efforts at Land-Law Reforms73
IV. LAND AND LABOR IN THE NEW SOUTH76
The War and Its Effects76
Changes in Landownership80

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