Like much of early Americana, agronomy changed and began its decline during the Civil War period. Young men returned from an unnecessary war too disillusioned to go back to where they had left off: they had seen big cities and quick money. Daddy was no longer the “lord of the earth’; he was regarded as an archaic stay-at-home comic character called Rube, with shoddy clothes, rubber boots and chewing on a blade of grass. The farmstead was no longer an estate built up and left to generation after generation; from then on, children would inherit money instead, and capitalism would become as much a personal philosophy as a national economy. ~ Eric SloaneAs I've noted many times before, Eric Sloane is one of the unknown jewels of American writers and has been a favorite of mine for many years. His simple wisdom is absolutely profound and priceless. He can say more in a paragraph than most modern writers can say in a whole book.