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The International Harvester Company: A History of the Founding Families and Their Machines
Chaim M. Rosenberg
Ancient farmers used draft animals for plowing but the heavy work of harvesting fell to the humans, using sickle and scythe. Change came in the mid-19th century when Cyrus Hall McCormick built the mechanical harvester. Though the McCormicks used their wealth to establish art collections and universities, battle disease, and develop birth control, members of the family faced constant scrutiny and scandal. This book recounts their story as well as the history of the International Harvester Company (IHC)—a merger of the McCormick and Deering companies and the world’s leader in agricultural machinery in the 1900s.