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In fact, throughout the period 1820– 1870 farmers were evolving into small capitalists. Caught up in regional and national markets, they turned more and more to labor-saving machinery to A M E R I C A N H I S T O R Y T H R O U G H cut costs, adopting, for example, Cyrus McCormick’s mechanical reaper (1834) and John Deere’s steel moldboard plow (1846). As time wore on, farm realities looked less and less like the static world of Jefferson’s agrarian ideal. NEW ENGLAND Agriculture in New England grew increasingly commercial between 1820 and 1840.

142). Americans ate hoe-cake, corn-dodgers, pop-corn, egg-plant, and pea-nuts; some lived in the back-woods, others in bottom-lands; they cleared under-brush, burned pineknots during cold-snaps, and traveled by bob-sled. They rough-housed and had housewarmings and spelling-bees. ” Verbs current in Andrew Jackson’s administrations (1828–1836)—“to bolt,” “to lobby,” “to straddle”— remained staples of political talk. The gold rush of 1849 brought “prospector,” “pan-out,” “flash in the pan,” and “strike it rich” into Americans’ vocabulary.

Unlike his neighbor Thomas Jefferson, however, Taylor felt few qualms about slavery. He asserts in his Arator essays (1814) that “liberality to slaves and working animals, is the fountain of [farmers’] profit” (p. 237). The South’s plantation system spawned its own literature, beginning notably with John Pendleton Kennedy’s Swallow Barn (1832). In The Hireling and the Slave (1854) the poet and politician William John Grayson defends slavery, claiming, for example, that a slave sale is simply “a transfer of labor from one employer to another.

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