Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Every Farm a FactoryThe Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Deborah Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088137

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088137.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 27 June 2022

Agricultural Engineers and Industrialization

Agricultural Engineers and Industrialization

(p.75) Chapter 3 Agricultural Engineers and Industrialization
Every Farm a Factory

Deborah Fitzgerald

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the professional growth of agricultural engineering, the emergence of farm machines in the 1920s, and engineers who devise concrete and material solutions to difficult technical problems. Although many such problems have a political, social, or economic dimension, it is an engineering hallmark to transform such delicate problems into strictly technical issues. The chapter focuses on the period of 1920s when not only did tractors and other machines become available, but a professional group was also created and maintained whose goal was to mechanize agriculture more generally. It discusses people and groups, including inventors and manufacturers, who were intrigued by the potential of applying mechanical power, particularly the internal combustion engine, to farming operations.

Keywords:   agricultural engineering, farm machines, tractors, mechanical power, combustion engine

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.