Beyond the Fruited Plain: Food and Agriculture in U.S. by Kathryn Cornell Dolan

By Kathryn Cornell Dolan

Agriculture within the usa has replaced dramatically within the final 2 hundred years. financial transformation marked by way of the growth of the commercial financial system and large enterprise has contributed to a rise in business foodstuff construction. Amid this modification, policymakers and cultural critics have debated tips on how to produce nutrients and wealth for an increasing inhabitants with imperialistic tendencies. 

In a sweeping evaluation, Beyond the Fruited Plain strains the connections among nineteenth-century literature, agriculture, and U.S. territorial and fiscal growth. Bringing jointly theories of globalization and ecocriticism, Kathryn Cornell Dolan deals new readings at the texts of such literary figures as Herman Melville, Frank Norris, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and Harriet Beecher Stowe as they learn conflicts of nutrients, hard work, type, race, gender, and time—issues nonetheless influencing U.S. nutrition politics at the present time. Beyond the Fruited Plain indicates how those authors use their literature to visualize agricultural choices to nationwide practices and in so doing prefigure twenty-first-century issues approximately globalization, source depletion, meals protection, and the relation of commercial agriculture to toxins, ailment, and weather switch.

 

 

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Communities of the nineteenth century debated in the speeches and writings of figures like Elkanah Watson. S. laborers, those who do not have the security of being in control of the production of their own food and often suffer for the lack of it. Melville 38 Expanding Agriculture looks next at the Typee harvest of fish. As opposed to working in factories, the entire community engages in regular fishing expeditions.  . During their absence the whole population of the place were in a ferment, and nothing was talked of but ‘pehee, pehee’ (fish, fish)” (T, 206).

Policies at the turn of the twentieth century. Finally, I demonstrate the connection between nineteenth-century texts and twenty-first-century economics in agriculture. I describe what has become of the crops discussed—the dairy, wheat, fruit, beans, and sugar—at the global level. New muckraking texts continue to challenge large-scale, intensive agriculture. I provide three examples—nonfiction and fiction—of new reform movements challenging a twenty-firstcentury agri-expansion that is a direct result of its nineteenth-century predecessor.

Toward the end of his writing career, he traveled around the world, witnessing British imperialism Introduction 23 as it connected to global sugar-producing nations. During his tour of the British Empire, which would result in Following the Equator (1897), Twain researched the cruelties of the “coolie trade” between the Pacific Islands and the sugar plantations of Australia and enjoyed a recuperative stay among the sugar fields of Mauritius, reminiscent of his earlier travels among similar fields in Hawaii.

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