How Did Agriculture Change American Agriculture

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There was a huge improvement in American agriculture because of the changes that were made to technology, economics, and government policy between the years of 1865 to 1900. But even though these advances may have changed American agriculture for the better, it did not bring about all positive changes; some of the impacts on these changes were negative, as they hindered farmers because they did not really have a say during these times and they were not given enough economic profit; the government was more in control of the whole operation.
An example of an advancement in technology can be seen from the class notes with advancements such as John Deere’s steel plow, or barbed wire. The steel plow made it easier to break the thick and heavy soil and barbed wire helped keep the livestock out of the fields. So in a way technological advances helped farmers. The downside though was that technology favored larger farms
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American farmers were dissatisfied with their political and economic status due to the production of railroads. Farmers were losing money because the use of railroads made it possible for food and many other supplies to be imported in from other countries. On top of that farmers were losing money because the railroads were charging them lower for the services that they were providing. Then the drought worsened the problems and continued to make it harder for farmers in America. Document D which shows the Granger movement, gives an example of how the farmers are upset because the government is expanding the railroad and that is hurting the farmers financially. They are trying to show what the railroads are doing to their income and how they are trying to show the country how the railroad is a hindrance to them. From the year 1870 to the year 1890, documents F and G show the maps of how the railroads expanded greatly over the course of those two

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