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The Machine in the Garden; Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

Leo Marx
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Topics for Discussion

Contrast the terms "sentimental pastoralism" and "complex pastoralism," as explained by author Marx. Marx states that the sentimental variety is still expressed by Americans today by what types of activities?

Describe Jefferson's republic of the middle landscape.

The title, The Machine in the Garden, is a metaphor. Explain this metaphor as it applies to nineteenth century America.

Colonists and Europeans who visited the colonies saw the predominantly agrarian society as a force for equality not available in Europe. Explain the logical progression of this idea. Did industrialization foster greater equality? Why or why not?

To Marx, the single most influential event in the nineteenth century was the railroad. How did the railroad forever alter the traditional pastoral ideal in America?

Melville and Hawthorne shared a pessimistic view of man's future. How did their view relate to industrialization?

In the work, The Education of Henry Adams, the author...

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