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WITH AN EYE TO BETTER OUTCOMES: THE OPENING OF THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI GRAIN BELT MIGHT HAVE BEEN TEMPERED AND MORE GRADUAL

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Author(s): Thomas R. Winpenny

Journal: Essays in Economic & Business History
ISSN 0896-226X

Volume: 21;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2003;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Though historians and the general public applaud our rugged frontier ancestors who conquered the plains, a rational examination of the data makes it clear that the opening of the Trans-Mississippi grain belt at mid 19th centurywas a mixed blessing at best. More carefully understood, it set the stage for overproduction and diverted capital and labor from industrialization. Today the same land is being abandonned.
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