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October 6, 1906


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JAMA. 1906;XLVII(14):1065-1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210140001001

At no time in the history of this country has general prosperity among our people been on so high a plane. To whatever preponderating cause theorists may attribute this fact, it must be admitted by all that one of the chief of those advanced is the financial independence of the American farmer. To him we owe the origin of a large proportion of all wealth. From him we expect the purchase, utilization and consumption of products and manufactures applied in his supplemental sustenance and as a means toward the accomplishment of his work and the comforts of his home. Between him and the source of his purchased needs is that great army of so-called middlemen inhabiting the great cities, manufacturing centers and the country towns and villages, whose very life is largely, if not completely, dependent on the tiller of the soil.

When the American farmer is prosperous, prosperity is

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