The Role of Agribusiness in the U.S. Past
Throughout the history of the United States, there have been many profound changes to ordinary life and to the existences of normal people due to agricultural businesses. From the beginning of slavery, to the emancipation of them, to the migrant workers and hired farm hands that are around today, many things are affected by agribusiness.
When the Americas were first colonized it was decided that slave labor would benefit the growth and production of crop. So the white man began to import slaves like tools from Africa to work the soil. Thus agribusiness began to take on a larger form, and impact many more peoples lives. Later, when the civil war broke out, it was mostly because the agribusiness leaders did not want to take the financial losses of losing all their slaves. So war began because of agricultural greed by these few people.
Eventually, the smaller farmers would go on to fight the wars for the larger plantation owners, and die for a cause they did not participate in.
Once the Civil War was ended, and many innocent lives lost, the agricultural giants needed to have harvesters for their fields once again. So they took on sharecroppers to their farms. Many of these sharecroppers were former slaves, now working for their former masters. They lived only just barely on the food they grew, because the majority went once again to their "employer".
During the time of slavery, there were inventions that encouraged the use of slave labor and benefited the big agribusiness plantation owners. The invention of the cotton gin made slave labor more productive than ever. So there was of course an increase of importation of slaves.
Once sharecroppers became less practical and larger farms began to prevail, the...