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however, I need to provide an historical context in which the books were written, and it is to this that I now turn. H ISTORICAL C ONTEXT The nineteenth century saw many changes to daily American life with an increase in population, improved methods of transportation, developments in technology, and the rise in the importance of science. These events impacted all aspects of nineteenth century American life, most significantly those involved in slavery and the Civil War, but a large part of American life was affected, a part that is quite often taken for granted: the life of the American farmer. Population and Technological Changes. One of the biggest changes, as seen in nineteenth century America’s census reports, is the dramatic increase in population. The 1820 census reported that over 10 million people were living in America; of those 10 million, over 2 million were engaged in agriculture. Ten years prior to that, the 1810 census reported over 7 million people were living in the states; there was no category for people engaged in agriculture. In this ten-year time span, then, agriculture experienced significant improvements and changes that enhanced its importance in American life. One of these improvements was the developments of canals and steamboats, which allowed farmers to “sell what has previously been unsalable [sic]” and resulted in a “substantial increase in [a farmer’s] ability to earn income” (Danhof 5). This If there is a gramma- tical, mechanical, or spelling error in the text you are citing, type the quote as it appears. Follow the quote with “[sic].” When using headings in MLA, title the main sections (B-level headers) in a different style font than the paper’s title, e.g., in small caps. The paragraph after the B- level headers start flush left after the headings. Use another style, e.g., italics, to differen- tiate the C- level headers from the B- level headers. The paragraph continues directly after the header. Headers, though not required by MLA style, help the overall structure and organiza- tion of a paper. Use them at your instructor’s discretion to help your reader follow your ideas. Use personal pronouns (I, we, us, etc.) at your instructor’s discretion. The headings used here follow an A-, B-, C- level system to break the text into smaller sections. The different levels help organize the paper and maintain consistency in the paper’s organization. You may come up with your own headings as long as they are consistent.
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Angeli 3 improvement allowed the relations between the rural and urban populations to strengthen, resulting in an increase in trade. The urban population (defined as having over 2,500 inhabitants) in the northern states increased rapidly after 1820. 1 This increase accompanied the decrease in rural populations, as farmers who “preferred trade, transportation, or ‘tinkering’” to the tasks of tending to crops and animals found great opportunities in the city (Danhof 7). Trade and transportation thus began to influence farming life significantly. Before 1820, the rural community accounted for eighty percent
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