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Historical Ecology and Planning for the Future: Mapping the Historical Trajectory of American Agriculture

Author(s): Michael Scholl

Year: 2016

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Carole L. Crumley has long advocated broadly inclusive studies that reach across disciplines to bring together social and environmental data from multiple geographic and temporal scales in order to draw lessons from the past. This work reports the use of those approaches to map the changes in colonial American agriculture and on-going research into 19th century westward expansion. What is becoming clear is that U.S. has a long-term trajectory which continues to move away from the sustaining strategies of yeoman (owner-occupiers) to short-term strategies of farmers using hired labor on rented land. Is that the direction that Americans wish to keep traveling?


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Historical Ecology and Planning for the Future: Mapping the Historical Trajectory of American Agriculture. Michael Scholl. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403714)


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min long: -84.067; min lat: 36.031 ; max long: -72.026; max lat: 43.325 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America