Founding agrarian principles of U.S. live on today

Americans are familiar with the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, but there was another set of principles the Founding Fathers held closely, al­­though they never formally adopted them.

Those principles are the ag­­rarian creed, also known as the agricultural creed. The creed is usually traced back to Thomas Jefferson, who placed a high value on agricultural pursuits.

Jefferson felt that farming was superior to other occupations and resulted in good citizenship. Therefore, the creed expressed the belief...

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