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Peppermint KingsA Rural American History$
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Dan Allosso

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300236828

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300236828.001.0001

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(p.231) Eleven Epilogue
Peppermint Kings

Dan Allosso

Yale University Press

This chapter summarizes the development of the peppermint oil industry under the leadership of three families of peppermint kings that were prominent during distinct moments in the economic history of the United States. It recounts the earliest commerce in peppermint oil in colonial America and peppermint's culture and distilling in the early republic. It also analyzes the rurality of the peppermint kings as the common element that describes their attitudes and actions. This chapter describes the agency of the peppermint kings that confutes the widely accepted depiction of peripheral agriculturalists that was increasingly dominated by centralized economic power. It also examines the initiative of rural people and the ways they resisted mainstream American trends, which contributed to the understanding of rural America.

Keywords:   peppermint oil industry, peppermint kings, colonial America, early republic, agriculturalists, centralized economic power, mainstream American trends, rural America

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