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Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, and Society in the American Countryside (Yale Agrarian Studies Series)

 
 
 
 
Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, and Society in the American Countryside (Yale Agrarian Studies Series)
Author: Benjamin R. Cohen
ISBN 13: 9780300139235
ISBN 10: 300139233
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2009-10-20
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
List Price: $55.00
 
 

Notes from the Ground examines the cultural conditions that brought agriculture and science together in nineteenth-century America. Integrating the history of science, environmental history, and science studies, the book shows how and why agrarian Americans—yeoman farmers, gentleman planters, politicians, and policy makers alike—accepted, resisted, and shaped scientific ways of knowing the land. By detailing the changing perceptions of soil treatment, Benjamin Cohen shows that the credibility of new soil practices grew not from the arrival of professional chemists, but out of an existing ideology of work, knowledge, and citizenship.