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Taming Manhattan : environmental battles in the antebellum city

Author: Catherine McNeur
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With pigs roaming the streets and cows foraging in the Battery, antebellum Manhattan would have been unrecognizable to inhabitants of today's sprawling metropolis. Fruits and vegetables came from small market gardens in the city, and manure piled high on streets and docks was gold to nearby farmers. But as Catherine McNeur reveals in this environmental history of Gotham, a battle to control the boundaries between  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine McNeur
ISBN: 9780674725096 0674725093
OCLC Number: 871228508
Description: 312 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Mad dogs and loose hogs --
Unequally green --
The dung heap of the universe --
Hog wash and swill milk --
Clearing the lungs of the city --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Catherine McNeur.

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From 1815 to 1865, as city blocks encroached on farmland to accommodate Manhattan's exploding population, prosperous New Yorkers developed new ideas about what an urban environment should  Read more...

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[A] fine book which make[s] a real contribution to urban biography.--Joseph Rykwert"Times Literary Supplement" (02/27/2015) In the decades before the Civil War, New York was rapidly becoming the Read more...

 
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