4.14.11 The American Farmers and the Agricultural Crisis of the Gilded Age with voice over

4.14.11 The American Farmers and the Agricultural Crisis of the Gilded Age with voice over

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The American Farmers and the Agricultural Crisis of the Gilded Age Thomas Jefferson, “God’s chosen people.” Most Americans owned their own land/the heart and soul of the average American A. Difficult times in the South Plains states and the west: a. OK would have never been open to white settlement if not for the difficult times after the Civil War b. In the Plains: northern portion of Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Eastern edge of the plains. These locations experienced difficulty i. Far West experienced difficulty as well c. Farms = capitalistic enterprises i. Wasn’t always to feed you and others, but to generate profits too d. Dependence on RR to market products high cost of transportation due to railroad monopolies i. Transportation costs were extremely high as the RR expanded and expanded to become the largest RR system in the world 1. expansion, and building of RR had fell into the rest of America’s enterprises and it became monopolized a. RR corporations established lines and operated w/o competition and then drove competition when it arose ii. Monopoly over Local or regional distribution 1. some areas usually much longer lines of development there were some competing lines between the stops 2. Longer trips have more competition than the short holes a. American farmers faced same thing b. cost 3X as much to ship 3,000 miles
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iii. Monopolistic Power: All the traffic will vary 1. Can squeeze the market and make ppl. pay more 2. Made it difficult for farmers b/c the RR took a lot of their profits so that the farmers could send the food iv. Who would protect the farmers? 1.
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2011 for the course HIST 1103 taught by Professor Rohrer during the Spring '06 term at Oklahoma State.

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4.14.11 The American Farmers and the Agricultural Crisis of the Gilded Age with voice over

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