THE AMERICAN LAND: Its History and Its Uses by William R. Van Dersal

THE AMERICAN LAND: Its History and Its Uses

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This purports to be a new sort of presentation, but, quite frankly, it seemed to me pretty much routine and familiar stuff. First, opening chapters summarizing the land before the white man came, the records left by the trees, the great plains, the widely scattered, thinly populated Indian tribes, the wild game. Then the coming of settlers, the waste, the changing face of the land, until now America has moved away from the influence of Europe to its own environment, with most of the land privately or publicly owned. 85% is agricultural land, of which 55% is farm land. The balance of the text deals with the things grown on these lands:- grain, cereals, corn, cotton, flax, sources of sugar, fruits and nuts, berries and vineyards, vegetables, tobacco, livestock, forest and woodlands, national parks and preserves. The last section -- and the most interesting -- deals with erosion and the new land pattern by which erosion is being checked: -- contour cultivation, strip cropping, terracing, crop rotation, etc. A final chapter summarizes the results of the new agriculture in increased harvests.

Publisher: Oxford