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The Visible Hand and the New American Biology: Toward an Integrated Historiography of Railroad-Supported Agricultural Research
Agricultural History
  • Kevin S Amidon, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Accepted Manuscript
Publication Date
7-1-2008
DOI
10.3098/ah.2008.82.3.309
Abstract

In the early twentieth century, American railroad companies faced new challenges. The railroad network had developed fully, broad political opposition was gaining teeth in new, enforceable federal legislation, and financial markets-first established to support railroad expansion- had begun to move beyond railroads. Railroad companies answered with a wide range of new managerial and scientific practices. Recent scholarship that goes beyond the traditional disciplinary separation of technological, political, managerial, economic, and scientific concerns has enabled historians to recognize that agricultural research pursued in concert with other institutions empowered railroads to address all of these challenges in the period between 1900 and 1930.

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This is a manuscript of an article from Agricultural History 82 (2008): 309, doi:10.3098/ah.2008.82.3.309. Posted with permission. Not for quotation or distribution.

Copyright Owner
Agricultural History Society
Language
en
Date Available
2015-09-01
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Kevin S Amidon. "The Visible Hand and the New American Biology: Toward an Integrated Historiography of Railroad-Supported Agricultural Research" Agricultural History Vol. 82 Iss. 3 (2008) p. 309 - 336
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kevin_amidon/8/