Rmers in shaping politics before the Civil War For me the most interesting part was chapter 4 about the. Understanding the nation's formative period Upending the myth that the Civil War pitted an industrial North against an agrarian South Grassroots Leviathan traces the rise of a powerful agricultural reform movement spurred by northern farmers Showing that farming dominated the lives of the majority of Americans in the North and the South through almost the ntire nineteenth century Ron traces how middle class farmers in the Greater Northeast built a movement of semipublic agricultural societies fairs and periodicals that together fundamentally recast the relationship of rural people to market forces and governing structuresBy the 1850s Ron writes this massive movement boasted over a thousand organizations and the influence to have Congress publish annual agricultural reports in 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) editions that rivaled sales of Uncle Tom's Cabin thera's runaway bestseller As northern.
Work of conomist Henry Carey on the conomic and nutrient connections between cities and the countrysid. Farmers became increasingly organized they pressed new demands on the federal government that inevitably challenged the Your Everyday Art World entrenched prerogatives of southern slaveholders Ideologically and organizationally agricultural reform conditioned themergence of the Republican Party and the North's break with the slaveholding republic The movement culminated in the creation of the US Department of Agriculture and the land grant university system These agencies reconfigured the nature and purpose of the American state at the same time as they came to revolutionize farming in the United States and the world overLooking at farmers as serious independent agents in the making unmaking and remaking of the American republic Grassroots Leviathan offers an original take on the causes of the Civil War the rise of federal power and American conomic ascent during the nineteenth centur.
This is an interesting book about a very under appreciated aspect of US history the role of Northern fa. The United States was an overwhelmingly rural society before the Civil War and for some time afterward There were cities and factories of course specially in the northern seaboard states In 1860 Manhattan's population was nearing a million Brooklyn which had been farmland at the time of the American Revolution was itself home to 250000 New England's mill towns were already well known and Chicago's growth Doreen Valiente Witch elicited awe But these werexceptions In the same year 80% of Americans lived in rural places of 2500 inhabitants or fewer While 59% of the labor force worked in agriculture only 15% worked in manufacturing As the newspaperman Jesse Buel put it at the time agriculture remained the great business of civilized lifeIn this sweeping look at rural society from the American Revolution to the Civil War Ariel Ron argues that agricultural history is absolutely central to.