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Every Farm a Factory: The Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture

Deborah Fitzgerald


This book traces the diffusion of industrial agriculture by looking closely at the main components of this process in its first generation, between 1918 and 1930. The story begins in 1918 because a number of new, large-scale farms began operation then and were described in the national press as bellwethers of a new industrial farming era. The number of these farms continued to grow through the 1920s, peaking in 1929. The book examines the contextual gridwork on which the transformation from traditional to industrial agriculture hung, and discusses the great diversity of American rural landscap ... More

Keywords: sophisticated machinery, farm crisis, farm products, agricultural economics, rural banks, agricultural industrialization, industrial farming, mechanization, engineers, market slowdowns

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300088137
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300088137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Fitzgerald, author