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The Profit of the EarthThe Global Seeds of American Agriculture$
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Courtney Fullilove

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226454863

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226455051.001.0001

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In the Field

In the Field

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(p.1) Prologue: In the Field
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The Profit of the Earth
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Courtney Fullilove

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226455051.003.0001

This book traces how seeds and knowledge about them were acquired, melded, and trafficked within the context of the burgeoning, nationally and internationally oriented economy of the 19th-century United States. It characterizes cultivated seeds as deep-time technologies and proxies for multigenerational agricultural labor, which simultaneously contain and obscure the complex social relations required for their production.

Keywords:   agriculture, agricultural development, seeds, deep time, improvement, biodiversity, nineteenth century, United States, Zorats Karer, Karahunj

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