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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Date Created: Spring 2016

Date Issued: 2016

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: pdf

Extent: 130 p.

Language(s): English

Abstract/Description: This thesis examines the dynamic change the market revolution had on social andcultural institutions in the American West. Specifically, it investigates how market forcesinfluenced rural life patterns for farmers, urban mercantile culture and regionalcommercial interests. Davenport, Iowa is the focus for the narrative’s hinge, as thismidsized western marketplace represented a link between its farmers and the regionalmarkets in Chicago. This project uses wheat and the prairie region in antebellum Iowaand Illinois as a case study and examines the cultural and social development of farmersand merchants in the marketplace. Following wheat from farm to market, both locallyand regionally, helps to explain how Americans understood the commodity at eacheconomic level. Time and place were central to the American West's economic, social,and cultural development and this thesis considers just a moment in its history. Aintersect of rural, agricultural, technological, and environmental histories are at theproject's core, but it also attempts to make sense of frontier capitalism and the ramifications it had on farming and the grain industry. The market revolution graduallyinfluenced and shaped the nation’s agricultural economy and the people that preformedits labor and production.

Identifier: FA00004630 (IID)

Note(s): Includes bibliography.Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2016.

Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FA00004630

Restrictions on Access: All rights reserved by the source institution

Owner Institution: FAU



Autor: Salcito, Matthew , author Engle, Stephen D. Dr., Thesis advisor Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Degree grantor

Fuente: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A33489



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