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Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, & Society in the American Countryside (Yale Agrarian Studies Series) Paperback – September 6, 2011

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"Notes from the Ground, by explaining how new technologies were evaluated and accepted in practice, transforms our understanding of antebellum Southern agriculture."-David E. Nye, author of America as Second Creation -- David E. Nye

?Notes from the Ground, by explaining how new technologies were evaluated and accepted in practice, transforms our understanding of antebellum Southern agriculture. David E. Nye, author of America as Second Creation -- David E. Nye

?Cohen takes readers back to the Early Republic to explore how people thought about land and production, ingeniously demonstrating how day-to-day labor in fields and barns led farmers to adopt and create their own scientific approaches. This crisp and clever book is closest in tenor and content to Steven Stoll's Larding the Lean Earth, and expands upon it in important ways. Deborah Fitzgerald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- Deborah Fitzgerald

Notes from the Ground, by explaining how new technologies were evaluated and accepted in practice, transforms our understanding of antebellum Southern agriculture.David E. Nye, author of America as Second Creation -- David E. Nye

Cohen takes readers back to the Early Republic to explore how people thought about land and production, ingeniously demonstrating how day-to-day labor in fields and barns led farmers to adopt and create their own scientific approaches. This crisp and clever book is closest in tenor and content to Steven Stolls Larding the Lean Earth, and expands upon it in important ways.Deborah Fitzgerald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- Deborah Fitzgerald

"Notes from the Ground encompasses the entire subject of science and the environment during the nineteenth century. Cohen writes with grace, clarity, and insight about the ''georgic science'' of American farmersa philosophy that resonates in the present, meant to ''reveal rather than conceal our connections to the land.''"Steven Stoll, author of Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America -- Steven Stoll

"Cohen takes readers back to the Early Republic to explore how people thought about land and production, ingeniously demonstrating how day-to-day labor in fields and barns led farmers to adopt and create their own scientific approaches. This crisp and clever book is closest in tenor and content to Steven Stoll's "Larding the Lean Earth", and expands upon it in important ways."--Deborah Fitzgerald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

--Deborah Fitzgerald

""Notes from the Ground", by explaining how new technologies were evaluated and accepted in practice, transforms our understanding of antebellum Southern agriculture."--David E. Nye, author of "America as Second Creation"
--David E. Nye

""Notes from the Ground" encompasses the entire subject of science and the environment during the nineteenth century. Cohen writes with grace, clarity, and insight about the ''georgic science'' of American farmers--a philosophy that resonates in the present, meant to ''reveal rather than conceal our connections to the land.''"--Steven Stoll, author of "Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America"--Steven Stoll

"Cohen contributes to the study of Virginia''s agricultural development by documenting the increasingly specific knowledge that the gentlemen farmers of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison''s times tried to foster. Using diaries, published writings, and private correspondence, Cohen recreates a geographical view of their efforts to come to grips with the changing agricultural panorama of the eastern United States."--Margaret W./i>--Margaret W. Rossiter"American Historical Review" (04/01/2010)

"Among its many persuasive arguments, "Notes from the Ground "establishes that's America agricultural improvers were not empty vessels yearning for scientific advice from European chemists. Rather, their georgic framework combined with practical experiences meant that America had established the organizations, rhetoric, and forms of communication that became forums of 'scientizing the land' (p.145)."

--Mark Finlay, "Technology and Culture"

"" --Mark Finlay "Technology and Culture "

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Benjamin R. Cohen is assistant professor at Lafayette College.
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Product Details

  • Series: Yale Agrarian Studies Series
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300177704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300177701
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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