Every Farm a Factory: The Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture (Yale Agrarian Studies.)



During The Early Decades Of The 20th Century, Agricultural Practice In America Was Transformed From A Pre Industrial To An Industrial Activity In This Study Deborah Fitzgerald Argues That Farms Became Modernised In The 1920s Because They Adopted Not Only New Machinery But Also The Financial, Cultural And Ideological Apparatus Of Industrialism.Every Farm a Factory: The Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture (Yale Agrarian Studies.)

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Every Farm a Factory: The Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture (Yale Agrarian Studies.)
  • Deborah Fitzgerald
  • English
  • 12 June 2018
  • 9780300088137

10 thoughts on “Every Farm a Factory: The Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture (Yale Agrarian Studies.)

  1. says:

    Fitzgerald makes an important contribution to agricultural history when she looks at the logic of industrialization who thought it was a good idea, who implemented aspects of it into rural America, how farmers received or rejected these changes, and under what parameters that logic was extended to other parts of the globe She locates this transition primarily in the 1920s, as her so called agents of industrialization , primarily agricultural economists, industrial technology developers, agricultural engineers, and Taylorite management efficiency experts, spread their authority into rural landscapes looking to make farms as predictable, efficient, and modern as the factories in urban centers Her six chapters move through this labor in breathtaking detail, and can feel highly overwhelming as she cites the contrasting priorities of agricultural economists versus farm management people became fraught with suspicion, as competing government agencies sought to impose their own goals into the working agenda of the new farms This becomes much earlier in her case study chapter on the Campbell Farm in Montana, ...

  2. says:

    I asked my students to compare the depiction of the countryside to the depiction of the city in Upton Sinclair s The Jungle One particularly astute student told me that it seemed like the conditions described in Sinclair s slaughterhouses mirrored the conditions Steinbeck describes in agricultural fields In the 30 some years between the books Steinbeck s farms looks like Sinclair s city than Sinclair s countryside In some ways, the industrial changes my student noticed are real Industrialization transformed agriculture during 1918 1930, the period Fitzgerald describes in depth What I appreciate most about Fitzgerald s book is her insistence on the diversity of farm regions and farm experiences in the United States This variation was one of the major challenges of industrialized agriculture Industrial agriculture was not a set of coincidences, a series of mechanisms working in concert, but an ideal consciously chased after with at times devastated effects Fitzgerald examines the rise of experts, agricultural schools, farm management, and agricultural economists She also examines the impact and influence of WWI.The most interesting new to me part of the book was the discussion of the exchanges between US agrarian experts and the USSR As Fitzgerald writes, In spite of the brief amount of time these agriculturalist spent in the Soviet Union and...

  3. says:

    This book is a successful environmental history book due to its narrow focus 12 years on a Montana farm pinpointing an agricultural practice in America that transformed farming from a pre industrial to an industrial activity Deborah Fitzgerald demonstrates how the adoption of new machinery as well as the financial, cultural, and ideological apparatus developed during the industrial revolution in product manufacturing allowed farms to modernize during the 1920s Fitzgerald examines how business leaders, agricultural college professors, and bankers adopting a new industrial logic brought about a systematic, businesslike farming operation...

  4. says:

    Good like Osha Gray Davidson and James Scott.

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