From British Peasants to Colonial American Farmers

ISBN-10: 0807848824
ISBN-13: 9780807848821
Edition: 2000
Authors: Allan Kulikoff
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List price: $47.50
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/13/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

With this book, Allan Kulikoff offers a sweeping new interpretation of the origins and development of the small farm economy in Britain's mainland American colonies. Examining the lives of farmers and their families, he tells the story of immigration to the colonies, traces patterns of settlement, analyzes the growth of markets, and assesses the impact of the Revolution on small farm society. Beginning with the dispossession of the peasantry in early modern England, Kulikoff follows the immigrants across the Atlantic to explore how they reacted to a hostile new environment and its Indian inhabitants. He discusses how colonists secured land, built farms, and bequeathed those farms to their children. Emphasizing commodity markets in early America, Kulikoff shows that without British demand for the colonists' crops, settlement could not have begun at all. Most important, he explores the destruction caused during the American Revolution, showing how the war thrust farmers into subsistence production and how they only gradually regained their prewar prosperity.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: From Peasants to Farmers
Prologue: The Remaking of Rural England
The Medieval Legacy
The English Road to Agrarian Capitalism
Households and the Transformation of Gender Relations
From England to America
Colonial Promotion and Immigration
Motivations for Migration
Servants and Farmers, Mechanics and Merchants
From Emigrant to Immigrant
This Newfound Land
This Land Is Not Ours
This Land Should Not Be Theirs
This Land Is Ours
New Lands, New Peoples
Hugging the Coast: The Land System of Tidewater Areas
Conquest of the Borderlands
Moving to the Empty Land
Making a Home in the Hills and Valleys: Colonizing the Borderlands
Deprivation, Desire, and Emigration
A Peasant's and Worker's Paradise?
Economic Development and British Emigration
Poverty and Poor Law in Britain
Decaying Feudalism in German Lands
Migration and Emigration
The Process of Emigration
Markets and Farm Households in Early America
To Market, To Market
Both a Borrower and a Lender Be?
Household Formation
Family Labor and Hired Hands
Epilogue: The Farmers' War and Its Aftermath
Disruption of the Agrarian Economy
Who Plowed the Fields and Made the Corn?
The Ravages of War
The Balance of Terror
Refugees and Emigres
Rebuilding Farm Markets
New Peoples and New Lands
Afterword: Toward a Farmers' Nation
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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