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The American Farmer in the Eighteenth Century: A Social and Cultural History

Richard Lyman Bushman


The book argues that all eighteenth-century farmers sought first and foremost to provide basic subsistence for their families. The first aim of all farmers was self-provisioning. Even large planters who exported tobacco or wheat and purchased luxuries sought to provision themselves with their own labor on their own land. All farmers also engaged in trade to obtain what they could not make for themselves. They were subsistence and market farmers at the same time. Besides providing for themselves year by year, farmers hoped to set up their children on farms. With older children coming into the w ... More

Keywords: Family, Farms, Self-provisioning, Slavery, Native Americans

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300226737
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300226737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Lyman Bushman, author
Columbia University

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Part One Farm Thought

Part Two North America, 1600–1800

Part Three Connecticut, 1640–1760

Part Four Pennsylvania, 1760–76

Part Five Virginia, 1776–1800

Part Six Approaching the Present

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