The Philosophy of Farming in America

Paul B. Thompson

in The Agrarian Vision

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125879
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135557 | DOI:
The Philosophy of Farming in America

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North American agriculture moved toward a bipolar organizational structure in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Residents began to conceptualize agriculture as a strategy for the “domestication” of the continent, which meant displacing native populations and establishing European-style social systems. Hamilton believed that the future of the new republic lay in trade and industrial development, whereas Jefferson favored the strategy of filling the heart of the North American continent with freehold farmers and delaying the creation of an indigenous industrial plant as long as possible. His preferences are clearly documented throughout his writings. He also preferred greater democracy and a more diffuse distribution of power.

Keywords: domestication; European-style; Hamilton; industrial plant; democracy

Chapter.  7992 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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