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  1. The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord (Yale Agrarian Studies Series)
    The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord (Yale Agrarian Studies Series)
    The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord (Yale Agrarian Studies Series)
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  2. The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord (Yale Agrarian Studies Series)

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The 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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Country
USA
Author
Brian Donahue
Binding
Paperback
EAN
9780300123692
ISBN
0300123698
IsEligibleForTradeIn
1
Label
Yale University Press
Manufacturer
Yale University Press
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
344
PublicationDate
2007-06-12
Publisher
Yale University Press
Studio
Yale University Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

One of the most interesting books, ever. Yes, nonfiction, yes, filled with facts and figures, but colonists have been so maligned for not being good stewards of the land, it is refreshing to see how carefully they took care of the soil, thoughtfully harvested, and shared things communally as well as private capitalism at it's finest and most honest.
This is well-written, methodologically innovative history. Donahue's book represents a major step forward for environmental history. Absolutely crucial to understanding the colonial period of American History. I recommend this for anybody interested in history or the environment.
In The Great Meadow, Brian Donahue rethinks the agrarian history of colonial Concord, Massachusetts. Teased out of tax records and land deeds, anchored in soil science, and told succinctly through GIS maps, Donahue’s narrative depicts pre-nineteenth-century New England farming practices as sophisticated and remarkably sustainable.

Chapter one walks the reader through the modern Concordian landscape, speaking to layers of history manifest in geography. After a somewhat rambling introduction, Donahue switches gears abruptly from speculative to scientific, from nebulous to rigorous. Chapter two provides a succinct overview of Concord’s environmental history up to the town’s establishment in 1635; glaciers and native subsistence practices left a legacy of meadows, fields, and forests that guided patterns of colonial settlement. In chapter three, the newcomers impose their English tradition of mixed husbandry—a balance of intensive farming and... Read more
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