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Peppermint Kings: A Rural American History

Dan Allosso


This unconventional history relates the engaging and unusual stories of three families in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries whose involvement in the peppermint oil industry provides insights into the perspectives and concerns of rural people of their time. Challenging the standard paradigms, the book focuses on the rural characters who lived by their own rules and did not acquiesce to contemporary religious doctrines, business mores, and political expediencies. The Ranneys, a secular family in a very religious time and place; the Hotchkisses, who ran banks and printed their own ... More

Keywords: agrarian life, peppermint oil industry, capitalist marketplace, rural business, rural life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300236828
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300236828.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Allosso, author
Bemidji State University