Friday, September 17, 2010

General Washington Was Concerned About Farming In The New USA

During the latter part of his life, Washington became much concerned with the poor state of farming in the young United States. In a letter to Alexander Hamilton dated Philadelphia, November 2, 1796, President Washington wrote, “It must be obvious to every man, who considers the Agriculture of this country, (even in the best improved parts of it) and compares the produce of our lands with those of other countries, no ways superior to them in natural fertility, how miserably defective we are in the management of them; and that if we do not fall on a better mode of treating them, how ruinous it will prove to the landed interest.” (Quoted from Donald E. Howard Blog).

Not much has changed, has it?

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