The Machine in the Garden; Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America Summary
Leo Marx

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The Machine in the Garden; Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America Summary

Author Leo Marx has aptly titled his work, The Machine in the Garden. Against the backdrop of a critical analysis of the works of dozens of eighteenth and nineteenth century authors, Marx poses his central theme of American technological progress and society's attempts to reconcile such progress with the initial pastoral ideal of America's founders. Marx identifies two types of "pastoralism," sentimental and complex. The sentimental variety is that expressed by the early...

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