By Bruce L. Gardner
American agriculture within the 20th century has given the area considered one of its nice good fortune tales, a paradigm of productiveness and many. but the tale has its darkish aspect, from the plight of the Okies within the Thirties to the farm predicament of the Eighties to modern day issues approximately low crop costs and the impression of biotechnology. taking a look at U.S. farming over the last century, Bruce Gardner searches out motives for either the striking development and the chronic social difficulties that experience marked the background of yank agriculture.
Gardner records either the industrial problems that experience faced farmers and the technological and monetary changes that experience lifted them from relative poverty to fiscal parity with the nonfarm inhabitants. He offers a close research of the motives of those developments, with emphasis at the function of presidency motion. He stories how commodity aid courses, pushed through interest-group politics, have spent hundreds and hundreds of billions of greenbacks to little goal. still, Gardner concludes that by means of reconciling competing financial pursuits whereas fostering productiveness progress and fiscal integration of the farm and nonfarm economies, the final twentieth-century position of presidency in American agriculture in all fairness considered as a triumph of democracy.
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