I’m not the hugest fan of this paper, but he references a lot of historical texts that I’ve begun digging into.
Currently on the bed: Agricultural Discontent in the Middle West
It is a history of American Populism (which was born in the farmer cooperatives and state level leadership of Wisconsin, Iowa, etc).
The galvanizing force then, was the monopoly of the railroads–
A key phrase described as the “Iowa Idea” Was that government should not provide “shelter to monopoly”– resultant to these sentiments was that a government should be controlled by the people, elected by direct primary. This changed the structure of governance in America, and built up a vibration that resulted eventually in THE NEW DEAL.
More coming, I’m only just starting… We are getting our lists together!
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PAPER PREPARED FOR THE AGRARIAN STUDIES COLLOQUIUM
YALE UNIVERSITY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
ELIOT COLEMAN AND BARBARA DAMROSCH
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TAPESTRY
AN AGRARIAN UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURAL WORLDDownload the PDF HERE