SEAH: "The Politics of Urban Animals and Waste Recycling in Antebellum Manhattan"

March 10, 2017

Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History

"The Politics of Urban Animals and Waste Recycling in Antebellum Manhattan"

Catherine McNeur
Assistant Professor of Environmental and Public History
Portland State University

Local food has not always been prized as better food.  Using two controversies over local pork and milk in antebellum New York City, McNeur will seek to explain why pigs and cows were treated so differently, why politicians rallied around one but not the other, and how this affected public health, real estate interests, immigrants, consumers, and the developing illustrated newspaper industry.