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The Philosophy of Farming in America

The Philosophy of Farming in America

Chapter:
(p.42) Chapter 2 The Philosophy of Farming in America
Source:
The Agrarian Vision
Author(s):
Paul B. Thompson
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125879.003.0003

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

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