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Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, and Society in the American Countryside

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Notes from the Ground examines the cultural conditions that brought agriculture and science together in nineteenth-century America. Integrating the history of science, environmental history, and science studies, the book shows how and why agrarian Americans—yeoman farmers, gentleman planters, politicians, and policy makers alike—accepted, resisted, and shaped scientific wa ...more
Hardcover, (Yale Agrarian Studies Series), 288 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Yale University Press (first published 2009)
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Caitlin Marineau
In the 21st century world of factory farming, high-yield crops, and genetically modified foods, consumers intrinsically link the concepts of agriculture and science. Though occasionally the science and methods themselves are controversial, no one doubts that sciences such as chemistry and biology have a place in how people understand agriculture. Historically, however, this link has not always been accepted or obvious. In Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, and Society in the American Countrys ...more
Erica
TOC looks promising! Always love a little agararian Americanism.

This was a great little book. Very well-written and engaging for classical ag history. Even had a bit of theory throughout. I wish he had just given himself license to play with the more interesting/side sources that also appear throughout the period about dirt/soil. Very much appreciated him retooling of the American pastoral to include the Georgics. Even-handed, thoughtful, nice work.
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