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Every Farm a FactoryThe Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture$
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Deborah Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088137

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088137.001.0001

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Agricultural Engineers and Industrialization

Agricultural Engineers and Industrialization

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

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300088137.003.0004

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

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