An Introduction to the Agriculture Economics

Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 02.24.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief The Agriculture Market Landscape Introduction The agricultural market landscape is the economic system that produces, distributes, and consumes agricultural products and services. Agriculture, in many ways, has been the fundamental economic industry throughout history. The production and exchange of food laid the groundwork for all[…]

The Farmers’ Institutes of Minnesota, 1880s-1920s

Farmers’ Institute at Badger, Minnesota, in Roseau County, June 9, 1904 / Minnesota Historical Society By Dr. R.L. Cartwright / 06.27.2013 American Historian In the 1880s, Minnesota farmers saw the need for education but resisted “book farming,” or learning how to farm by reading instructional text. Farmers’ institutes, lecture series that traveled to rural communities[…]

Agricultural Crises in the United States from the Great Depression to 1950

Years of plowing and planting left soil depleted and weak. As a result, clouds of dust fell like brown snow over the Great Plains. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 02.24.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Farmers faced tough times. While most Americans enjoyed relative prosperity for most of the 1920s, the Great Depression for the American[…]

Life Expectancy and the Dawn of Agriculture

Ancient Egyptian plowing farmer scene from the burial chamber of Sennedjem / The Yorck Project via Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Jason Collins / 10.21.2013 Evolutionary Biologist Relative to their hunter-gatherer counterparts, early Neolithic farmers were short, had poor dental health due to malnutrition, bone lesions suggestive of disease and stunted spines from the back-breaking labour. This comparison[…]

A History of Federalism in the United States

Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Federalism in the Constitution 1.1 – Introduction Federalism is the system of government in which sovereignty is constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units. It is based upon democratic rules and institutions in which the power to govern is shared between[…]

Expansion of the Early American Colonies, 1650-1750

Jamestown / Creative Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 02.23.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – English Administration of the Colonies Britain’s 13 North American colonies reflected different structures of government: provincial, proprietary, and charter. 1.1 – Introduction 1.1.1 – Colonial Governments By 1776, Britain had evolved three different forms of government for its North[…]