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Farm Inventions

During the 19th century, many new inventions made farm work easier. These new inventions also allowed farmers to plant and harvest more land.

The history of American Agriculture follows the progress of agricultural equipment over the last 300 years.


Which Came First?

Directions

Based on your knowledge of farm equipment during the 19th century, rank each of the following pairs of events.

In each pair, which event came first? Which came later?

When you have made your predictions, go to The history of American Agriculture timeline to verify your answers. When you have made your rankings, check your answers by clicking the "Check your answers" button.

Jethro Wood patented iron plow with interchangeable parts.
2-horse straddle-row cultivator patented.
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Steam tractors were tried out.
Oxen and horses used to power crude wooden plows.
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The growing use of factory-made agricultural machinery.
Cradle and scythe introduced.
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Agriculture became increasingly mechanized and commercialized.
John Lane began to manufacture plows faced with steel saw blades.
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John Deere began manufacturing steel plows.
Change from hand power to horses characterized the first American agricultural revolution.

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History Detective Continued...

 

 
   
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