Capitalist Pigs

Capitalist Pigs

Pigs, Pork, and Power in America

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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"Pigs are everywhere in United States history. They cleared frontiers and built cities (notably Cincinnati, once known as Porkopolis), served as an early form of welfare, and were at the center of two nineteenth-century "pig wars." American pork fed the hemisphere; lard literally greased the wheels of capitalism. J.L. Anderson has written an ambitious history of pigs and pig products from the Columbian exchange to the present, emphasizing critical stories of production, consumption, and waste in American history. He examines different cultural assumptions about pigs to provide a window into the nation's regional, racial, and class fault lines, and maps where pigs are (and are not) to reveal a deep history of the American landscape. A contribution to American history, food studies, agricultural history, and animal studies, Capitalist Pigs is an accessible, deeply researched, and often surprising portrait of one of the planet's most consequential interspecies relationships"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Morgantown, WV : West Virginia University Press, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781946684721
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Characteristics: xiii, 285 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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Tigard_ErikC Aug 30, 2019

This is a timely title about the history of an animal that-the cowboy myth notwithstanding-might well be the quintessential American animal. Anderson certainly makes a strong case as he traces the history of the pig in the Americas from the Spanish introduction thereof to it being a mainstay of s... Read More »


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Tigard_ErikC Aug 30, 2019

This is a timely title about the history of an animal that-the cowboy myth notwithstanding-might well be the quintessential American animal. Anderson certainly makes a strong case as he traces the history of the pig in the Americas from the Spanish introduction thereof to it being a mainstay of small farmers (aka the "mortgage lifter") in the 18th and 19th centuries to the mega-hog farms of the present which provide 115 million hogs a year to the US and the world. A thought-provoking hybrid of history, agriculture, and economics, this book should be of interest to anyone concerned with food, farming, or ecology.

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