Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Fruits of Their LaborAtlantic Coast Farmworkers and the Making of Migrant Poverty, 1870-1945$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Cindy Hahamovitch

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780807846391

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899922_hahamovitch

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 19 October 2021

Progressives as Padroni: Labor Distribution and the Agrarian Ideal

Progressives as Padroni: Labor Distribution and the Agrarian Ideal

(p.55) 3 Progressives as Padroni: Labor Distribution and the Agrarian Ideal
The Fruits of Their Labor

Cindy Hahamovitch

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows that many urban reformers believed that the solution to urban problems lay on the nation's farms. To bring the urban environment under control, they argued, the nation's population would have to be redistributed from factory to farm, from urban cesspools to the clean air of the countryside, and from radical breeding grounds to the fertile soil of democratic citizenship. The U.S. Census Bureau had announced the closing of the American frontier in 1890, but urban reformers were undaunted. They had heard farmers' complaints of labor scarcity and had themselves publicized the abandonment of eastern farms. They had heard western bonanza farms calling annually for thousands of men to operate the horse- and steam-powered machines of the modern harvest. Frontier or no frontier, the American countryside seemed ripe with opportunities for the urban poor and immigrant masses.

Keywords:   urban reformers, urban problems, urban environment, fertile soil, democratic citizenship

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .