Peppermint Kings: A Rural American History

June 23, 2020|
Peppermint Kings: A Rural American History by Dan Allosso
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An unexplored, fascinating history of nineteenth-century agrarian life, told through the engaging lens of three families central to the peppermint oil industry

This unconventional history relates the engaging and unusual stories of three families in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries whose involvement in the peppermint oil industry provides insights into the perspectives and concerns of rural people of their time. Challenging the standard paradigms, historian Dan Allosso focuses on the rural characters who lived by their own rules and did not acquiesce to contemporary religious doctrines, business mores, and political expediencies. The Ranneys, a secular family in a very religious time and place; the Hotchkisses, who ran banks and printed their own money while the Lincoln administration was eliminating state banking; and the Todd family, who incorporated successful business practices with populist socialism, all highlight the untold story of rural America’s engagement with the capitalist marketplace. The families’ atypical attitudes and activities offer unexpected perspectives on rural business and life.
Dan Allosso worked as a systems engineer, salesman, and manager in the technology private sector for two decades before returning to academia. Now an assistant professor at Bemidji State University, he teaches environmental history, U.S. history, and modern world history.
Title:Peppermint Kings: A Rural American History
Product dimensions:296 pages, 9.25 X 6.13 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:296 pages, 9.25 X 6.13 X 1 in
Published:June 23, 2020
Publisher:Yale University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300236828

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