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Comparisons Between 1800s & Today

In the early 1800s, most farmers worked an average of fifty acres which by the early 1900s had tripled to 150 acres. Even as the numer as a percentage of the American population the per acre total of American farms increased to 450 acres.

A major change between the early 1800s and the present day deals with how many hours it took to harvest 100 bushels of wheat. In the 1800s, it took 300 hours of labor to produce 100 bushels of wheat and now it takes less than four hours.

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