The Social History of American Agriculture

The Social History of American Agriculture

The Social History of American Agriculture

The Social History of American Agriculture

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The several chapters of this book, written originally as successive offerings in a lecture course for University College, University of London, necessarily reflect some of the characteristics of spoken essays, each of which has to be relatively complete in its way. They were, however, so organized, in subject and in matter, as to tell the story implied by the general theme in a connected manner. The book, therefore, can be used either for topical study or for a comprehensive survey of the social history of agriculture. To fit it the better for class use, subtopics have been provided by way of analyses of the chapter contents.

It is pleasant to acknowledge the help given me by Professor B. H. Hibbard, of the University of Wisconsin, Department of Agricultural Economics, and author of A History of the Public Land Policies, who read chapters I and VIII; by Doctor H. L. Russell, late dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Wisconsin, and now director of the Alumni Research Foundation, who read chapter V; and by Professor John D. Hicks, of the History Department, author of The Populist Revolt, who read chapter VII. Each of these gentlemen offered valuable sug-

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