HST9-17-07 - Agrarian Revolt: 9/17/07 I. Farmers & the...

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Agrarian Revolt: 9/17/07 I. “plated in gold” (fake)…only period in American history who’s name carries a negative connotation…Mark Twain coined the term “to ridicule the sham of this time”…age of extreme wealth, but underneath was not happiness for everyone Transportation and Communication Revolutions – farmers were forced to compete with other regions b/c railroads made it possible for more land to be cultivated…extreme decline in cotton prices/determined by how much cotton existed in the world… The West & Bonanza Farming – larger farms, used machinery…produced cash crops, selling to large corporate interests…south didn’t mechanize until after WW2 McCormick Reaper – essential to becoming a wheat farmer out west… Agricultural Depression Homestead Exemption – if you went bankrupt, creditors could take everything except your land…repealed in the 1870-80s because it was a way for creditors to
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HST9-17-07 - Agrarian Revolt: 9/17/07 I. Farmers & the...

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