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River, Reaper, Rail: Agriculture and Identity in Ohio’s Mad River Valley, 1795–1885 (2018)


River, Reaper, Rail: Agriculture and Identity in Ohio's Mad River Valley, 1795–1885 tells the story of farmers and technology in Ohio's Champaign County and its Mad River Valley from the beginnings of white settlement in 1795 through the decades after the Civil War. This is a story of land-hungry migrants who brought a market-oriented farm ethos across the Appalachians into the Ohio Valley. There, they adapted their traditional farm practices to opportunities and big changes brought by the railroad, the mechanization of the harvesting process, and the development of state-sponsored farmer organizations. For a few decades in the middle of the 19th century, this part of America's heartland was the center of the nation geographically, agriculturally, and industrially. With the coming of the Civil War and the nation's further industrialization and westward expansion, the representative centrality of west central Ohio diminished. But the shared conviction that "we are an agricultural people" did not. This book presents their embrace of that view as a process of innovation, adjustment, challenge, and conservative acceptance spanning two or three generations.

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Review Thomas Humphrey (2019) Review of "River, Reaper, Rail: Agriculture and Identity in Ohio’s Mad River Valley, 1795–1885". Journal of American History (pp. 747-748). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Torsten Feys
Pazzagli, Rossano
Richard J.P. Harris
Darling, Linda T.
Molina, Luis E.
John E. Crowley
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William and Mary Quarterly
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Science and Society
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Canova Edizioni
University Press of Kentucky
The University of Arizona
Northern Illinois University Press
Harvard University Press
Florida State University
Agricultural technology
Sugar and sugar industry
Economic botany; plant cultivation; horticulture
Napoleon I, Emperor of France
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
20th century, early
17th century
United States
Great Britain
Atlantic world
Cornwall, England

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