The Rise and Decline of the Wheat Growing Industry in Wisconsin

The Rise and Decline of the Wheat Growing Industry in Wisconsin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...railroads into this territory, and as naturally became the primary grain markets.. Changes have quite naturally occurred, however, and the growth of railroads, of cities, lake ports, banks, local mills and elevators, and other facilities which tend to disturb and shift the ordinary paths of commerce have diverted much of the grain trade of Chicago to other places more advantageously situated as to producer and consumer." Rep. Ind. Com. (1900), 4i 404-5. CHAPTER VIII THE GOVERNMENT LAND POLICY AND ITS RELATION TO THE WHEAT INDUSTRY IN WISCONSIN It is of course impossible in this connection to undertake any complete discussion of the public land policy. The attempt is made to merely point out the part it played in the development of the wheat industry in Wisconsin and to pass judgment from that point of view. The question assumes two aspects: first, cheap lands and the pioneer settlers; and second, the land grant system to the railroads. Though these two phases of the public land policy were in part antagonistic,1 ultimately the effect in each case was to stimulate the production of wheat. It would be difficult to find any great amount of opposition in Wisconsin in early days to the preemption and homestead laws. The policy of cheap lands met with universal favor. Even those who inveighed against the policy of adding acre to acre until the settler was land poor had no word of criticism for the public land policy which made that course possible. The careless and wasteful methods of cultivation did not go unrebuked; but no one pointed out that land ought to be made more costly because people are naturally wasteful of that which costs little. The part played by the factor of cheap land in the excessive and harmful extent to which wheat culture...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236577027
  • 9781236577023