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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Cotton Fields No More ... should be required reading for all individuals associated with the development of agricultural policies in the U.S. Congress, because their perceptions of farming are probably influenced to a large degree by the ideology of Jeffersonian agrarianism. Although Fite's purpose is to analyze commercial agricultural development in the eleven former Confederate States since the end of the Civil War (stretching from Virginia to Texas), he successfully captures the essence of contemporary agricultural problems throughout the United States: Farming as a way of life died after World War II and agribusiness was the successor, but too many people do not understand the new reality.
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