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Author Brown, Frederick L., 1962- author

Title The city is more than human : an animal history of Seattle / Frederick L. Brown
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2016]
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Series Weyerhaeuser environmental books
Weyerhaeuser environmental book.
Contents Foreword: The animal turn in urban history / by Paul S. Sutter -- Beavers, cougars, and cattle : constructing the town and the wilderness -- Cows : closing the grazing commons -- Horses : the rise and decline of urban equine workers -- Dogs and cats : loving pets in urban homes -- Cattle, pigs, chickens, and salmon : eating animals on urban plates -- Appendix: Methodology
Summary "Animals have played a vital role in shaping the city of Seattle from its founding amid existing indigenous towns in the mid-nineteenth century to the livestock-friendly town of the late nineteenth century to the pet-friendly, livestock-averse modern city. When newcomers first arrived in the 1850s, they hastened to assemble the familiar cohort of cattle, horses, pigs, chickens, and other animals that defined European agriculture. This, in turn, contributed to the dispossession of the Native residents of the area. However, just as these animals were used to create a Euro-American city, the elimination of these same animals from Seattle was key to the creation of the new middle-class neighborhoods of the twentieth century. As dogs and cats came to symbolize home and family, Seattleites' relationship with livestock became distant and exploitative, demonstrating the deep social contradictions that characterize the modern American metropolis. Throughout Seattle's history, people have sorted animals into categories and into places as a way of asserting power over animals, other people, and property. In this book, Frederick Brown explores the dynamic, troubled relationship humans have with animals. In so doing he challenges us to acknowledge the role of animals of all sorts in the making and remaking of cities"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Animals -- Social aspects -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- History.
Animals -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- History.
City and town life -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- History.
Human-animal relationships -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- History.
Social change -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- History.
Urban ecology (Biology) -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- History.
Urban ecology (Sociology) -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- History.
Seattle (Wash.) -- Environmental conditions.
Seattle (Wash.) -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0295999357 (electronic bk.)
9780295999357 (electronic bk.)