Animal City: The Domestication of America
- Starts: 4:00 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020
- Ends: 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Americans once lived alongside animals. They raised them, worked them, ate them, and lived off their products. This was true not just in rural areas but also in cities, which were crowded with livestock and beasts of burden. But as urban areas grew in the nineteenth century, these relationships changed. Slaughterhouses, dairies, and hog ranches receded into suburbs and hinterlands. Milk and meat increasingly came from stores, while the family cow and pig gave way to the household pet. This great shift, Andrew Robichaud reveals, transformed people’s relationships with animals and nature and radically altered ideas about what it means to be human. The animal city is still with us today. The urban landscapes we inhabit are products of the transformations of the nineteenth century. From urban development to environmental inequality, our cities still bear the scars of the domestication of urban America. Join the Boston University Initiative on Cities for Animal City: The Domestication of America, a book talk featuring BU Assistant Professor of History, Andrew Robichaud.
- Boston University Initiative on Cities 75 Bay State Road Boston, MA 02215