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The Nature of the Future – Agriculture, Science, and Capitalism in the Antebellum North - Chicago Scholarship Online
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The Nature of the Future: Agriculture, Science, and Capitalism in the Antebellum North

Emily Pawley


The Nature of the Future examines a place and period of enormous agricultural vitality—antebellum New York State—and follows thousands of “improving agriculturists,” part of the largest, most diverse, and most active scientific community in nineteenth-century America. The book shows that these improvers saw profit and agricultural development not only as a goal but also as the underlying purpose of the natural world. However, their sense of the natural future was not unified—improvement began as a developmental tool for large landholders but its meanings split and fragmented as wealthy urbanit ... More

Keywords: environmental history, history of capitalism, history of science, agricultural improvement, agricultural science, United States history, Market Revolution, history of capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226693835
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226693972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Pawley, author
Dickinson College

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