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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

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

Courtney Fullilove

University of Chicago Press

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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