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The Resource Red meat republic : a hoof-to-table history of how beef changed America, Joshua Specht

Red meat republic : a hoof-to-table history of how beef changed America, Joshua Specht

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Red meat republic : a hoof-to-table history of how beef changed America
Title
Red meat republic
Title remainder
a hoof-to-table history of how beef changed America
Statement of responsibility
Joshua Specht
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"By the late nineteenth century, Americans rich and poor had come to expect high-quality fresh beef with almost every meal. Beef production in the United States had gone from small-scale, localized operations to a highly centralized industry spanning the country, with cattle bred on ranches in the rural West, slaughtered in Chicago, and consumed in the nation's rapidly growing cities. Red Meat Republic tells the remarkable story of the violent conflict over who would reap the benefits of this new industry and who would bear its heavy costs. Joshua Specht puts people at the heart of his story--the big cattle ranchers who helped to drive the nation's westward expansion, the meatpackers who created a radically new kind of industrialized slaughterhouse, and the stockyard workers who were subjected to the shocking and unsanitary conditions described by Upton Sinclair in his novel The Jungle. Specht brings to life a turbulent era marked by Indian wars, Chicago labor unrest, and food riots in the streets of New York. He shows how the enduring success of the cattle-beef complex--centralized, low cost, and meatpacker dominated - was a consequence of the meatpackers' ability to make their interests overlap with those of a hungry public, while the interests of struggling ranchers, desperate workers, and bankrupt butchers took a backseat. America - and the American table - would never be the same again. A compelling and unfailingly enjoyable read, Red Meat Republic reveals the complex history of exploitation and innovation behind the food we consume today."--Page 2 of cover
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Cataloging source
YDX
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Specht, Joshua
Dewey number
636.213/0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TX556.B4
LC item number
S74 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Histories of economic life
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Beef
  • Beef industry
  • Food habits
  • Beef
  • Beef industry
  • Food habits
  • United States
  • Rassismus
  • Fleischwirtschaft
  • Rindfleisch
  • Ernährungsgewohnheit
  • USA
Label
Red meat republic : a hoof-to-table history of how beef changed America, Joshua Specht
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-328) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction ; Making modern beef ; How beef transformed America ; Beyond the United States ; A steer's eye view of the history of American capitalism ; Book overview -- War. The golden age of the plains nomads : buffalo and the spread of horses across the plains ; "A helping hand over this wild and destitute country" : life on the Texas frontier and the Red River War ; Beef handouts and the reservation system ; From war to criminality : retelling the story ; Conclusion -- Range. "As large as all Yorkshire" : buying, counting, and managing cattle ; Land : private and public ; "Cowboy-ism" : cattle workers and western mythology ; "Doomed of its own excesses[?]" : hard winters and the collapse of the industry ; Conclusion -- Market. The cattle marketing system ; From ranch to slaughter ; Horses, water, and stampedes : the ecology of cattle trailing ; Cattle disease and the regulation of mobility ; Between trail and market ; Making a deal ; Conclusion -- Slaughterhouse. Labor ; Refrigerators on wheels ; The decline of wholesale butchering and the rise of dressed beef ; Early regulatory approaches ; Conclusion -- Table. Buying beef ; Canned beef and its critics ; Beef and hierarchy ; Concluding with a meat riot ; Conclusion
Control code
1059263268
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 339 pages
Isbn
9780691182315
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1059263268
Label
Red meat republic : a hoof-to-table history of how beef changed America, Joshua Specht
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-328) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction ; Making modern beef ; How beef transformed America ; Beyond the United States ; A steer's eye view of the history of American capitalism ; Book overview -- War. The golden age of the plains nomads : buffalo and the spread of horses across the plains ; "A helping hand over this wild and destitute country" : life on the Texas frontier and the Red River War ; Beef handouts and the reservation system ; From war to criminality : retelling the story ; Conclusion -- Range. "As large as all Yorkshire" : buying, counting, and managing cattle ; Land : private and public ; "Cowboy-ism" : cattle workers and western mythology ; "Doomed of its own excesses[?]" : hard winters and the collapse of the industry ; Conclusion -- Market. The cattle marketing system ; From ranch to slaughter ; Horses, water, and stampedes : the ecology of cattle trailing ; Cattle disease and the regulation of mobility ; Between trail and market ; Making a deal ; Conclusion -- Slaughterhouse. Labor ; Refrigerators on wheels ; The decline of wholesale butchering and the rise of dressed beef ; Early regulatory approaches ; Conclusion -- Table. Buying beef ; Canned beef and its critics ; Beef and hierarchy ; Concluding with a meat riot ; Conclusion
Control code
1059263268
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 339 pages
Isbn
9780691182315
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1059263268

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