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A Kind of Fate: Agricultural Changes in Virginia, 1861-1920

By: G Terry Sharrer


Hardback | Dec 2000 | #118798 | ISBN: 0813825695
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The Civil War provoked animal plagues, particularly in Virginia, where the struggle attracted epizootics from their distant hearths. Cattle fever, hog cholera, and glanders converged where the armies fought, and disease remained long after Lee's surrender. Similarly, crop diseases arose from the war effort and several of these diseases became more problematic after the war as farmers tried to innovate. However, in that time of toil and trouble, the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station introduced new biotechnology that, in sum, brought the germ theory of disease to farming.


1. Swept Away Disease: Epidemics and Epizootics A New Order of Things Untenable Country 2. New Needs, Old Ideas The Dogma of "Soil Fertility" Crops and Crises 3. Toil and Trouble Life in the Country Debt, Taxes, and Despair 4. Professing Change Growing Knowledge: The Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station Reaching the Farmers 5. The New Farming Drive for Production Dairying: Progressive Exemplar Capital and Credit 6. Reforming Fate Farmers and Tenants The Rural Life Movement in Virginia End of an Era Two Generations: Conclusions.

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