The Great Meadow
Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord
By (author) Brian Donahue
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Great Meadow by Brian Donahue
Book DescriptionThe farmers of colonial New England have been widely accused of farming extensively, neglecting manure, wearing out their land, and moving on. But did they? And if so, when and why? Brian Donahue offers an innovative, accessible, and authoritative history of the early farming practices of Concord, Massachusetts, and challenges the long-standing notion that colonial husbandry degraded the land. In fact, he argues, the Concord community of farmers achieved a remarkably successful and sustainable system of local production. Donahue describes in precise detail--using among other tools an innovative historical geographical information system (GIS) method--how land was settled and how mixed husbandry was developed in Concord. By reconstructing several farm neighborhoods and following them through many generations, he reveals the care with which farmers managed the land, soil, and water. He concludes that ecological degradation came to Concord only later, when nineteenth-century economic and social forces undercut the environmental balance that earlier colonial farmers had nurtured.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300123692
(254mm x 177mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Brian Donahue
American Georgics, Paperback (October 2012)
From Thomas Jefferson's Monticello to Michelle Obama's White House organic garden, the image of America as a nation of farmers has persisted from the beginnings of the American experiment. This collection presents a complex historical portrait of the American character through its relationship to the land.
Reclaiming the Commons, Paperback (April 2001)» View all books by Brian Donahue
A lively account of a community working to combat suburban sprawl, and how it discovers how to live responsibly on the land.
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Author Biography - Brian Donahue
Brian Donahue is associate professor of American environmental studies on the Jack Meyerhoff Foundation, Brandeis University.
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