“Time and Tractors Essence of Food Problem,” New York Times 1917.

In this 1917 newspaper article, the author predicts the worldwide mechanization of agriculture, and the collapse of agricultural employment. Of nostalgia towards farm labor done by people and animals, the author writes, “The ‘man with the hoe’ is all very well in poem, but he is not the man who will feed the world.” What does the author predict that the social consequences will be of such a technological revolution? What about class and labor? The article carries the subtitle, “A Girl on a Tractor is Worth Two Men Behind a Plow and Two Horses in Front of It.” What are the gendered assumptions behind that statement? 

Citation: 
"Time and Tractors Essence of Food Problem," New York Times, 1917.
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1917