Larding the Lean Earth Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America

ISBN-10: 0809064308

ISBN-13: 9780809064304

Edition: N/A

Authors: Steven Stoll

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A Major History of Early Americans’ Ideas about Conservation Fifty years after the Revolution, American farmers faced a crisis: the failing soils of the Atlantic states threatened the agricultural prosperity upon which the republic was founded. Larding the Lean Earth explores the tempestuous debates that erupted between “improvers,” intent on sustaining the soil of existing farms, and “emigrants,” who thought it wiser and more “American” to move westward as the soil gave out. Larding the Lean Earth is a signal work of environmental history and an original contribution to the study of antebellum America.
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List price: $26.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 7/3/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Prologue: Litchfield: In which the author sets foot in his subject
Forming the Furrow Slice: On soil and civilization
An Ethic of Permanence: Agricultural improvement and the history of the early Republic
Laying Waste: The critique of American land use
Panic: Why 1819 marked a new beginning for rural reform
Dunghill Doctrines: Convertible husbandry defined, and English origins
Island States: What explains an attitude of scarcity in a time of abundance?
Another World: The ethic of the northern improved farm
Hints to Emigrants: John Lorain asserts a new American agronomy
Fleece and Bounties: Merino sheep usher farmers into the manufacturing economy
Oldfield: Slavery and the agroecology of South Carolina
"Our Most Fatal Loss": The erosion of land and population in the southern Piedmont
A Mouth Full of Ashes: Edmund Ruffin's desperate synthesis
Toward Conservation: George Perkins Marsh and after
Robinson's Prairie: The legacies of improvement
Striving after Harmony: Was there ever a stable agriculture in North America?
Epilogue: Fredericksburg: The modern meaning of Amish farming
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