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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

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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 settlers, who saw America as a lush paradise, a natural environment into which man could inject himself and live simply. Such sentimentalism bred the ideas of equality and the superiority of the "common man," pushing America toward independence from England and a democratic society which envisioned equality for all.

Enter the railroad and the steam engine. To Marx, these two inventions forever changed America, and catapulted her rapidly toward an industrialization that destroyed the original...

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