By Bruce L. Gardner
American agriculture within the 20th century has given the realm one in every of its nice good fortune tales, a paradigm of productiveness and lots. but the tale has its darkish aspect, from the plight of the Okies within the Thirties to the farm quandary of the Nineteen Eighties to latest issues approximately low crop costs and the impression of biotechnology. U.S. farming during the last century, Bruce Gardner searches out causes for either the extraordinary growth and the power social difficulties that experience marked the background of yankee agriculture.
Gardner files either the commercial problems that experience faced farmers and the technological and financial modifications that experience lifted them from relative poverty to fiscal parity with the nonfarm inhabitants. He offers a close research of the reasons of those developments, with emphasis at the function of presidency motion. He experiences how commodity help courses, pushed through interest-group politics, have spent countless numbers of billions of bucks to little goal. still, Gardner concludes that via reconciling competing fiscal pursuits whereas fostering productiveness development and fiscal integration of the farm and nonfarm economies, the final twentieth-century function of presidency in American agriculture is reasonably seen as a triumph of democracy.
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American Agriculture in the Twentieth Century: How It Flourished and What It Cost by Bruce L. Gardner