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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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Spacious Skies and Economies of Scale

Spacious Skies and Economies of Scale

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The Profit of the Earth

Courtney Fullilove

University of Chicago Press

This chapter narrates the histories of nineteenth-century German Mennonite immigrants from Southern Russia in the American Midwest, arguing that postbelllum Kansas was made safe for capitalized homesteading in ways quite similar to the southwestern steppe annexed by Catherine II in the context of the Russo-Turkish wars. Mennonites were colonizers, the shock troops of a free labor economy, agents of imperial expansion on the North American continent as they had been in Russia a century before. Russian and American journalists studying the Midwestern farm economy documented the abandonment of communal land tenure for private property holding and the economies of scale supported by the latter.

Keywords:   wheat, turkey wheat, turkey red wheat, Mennonite, agriculture, agronomy, Kansas

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