The Resource Taming Manhattan : environmental battles in the antebellum city, Catherine McNeur

Taming Manhattan : environmental battles in the antebellum city, Catherine McNeur

Label
Taming Manhattan : environmental battles in the antebellum city
Title
Taming Manhattan
Title remainder
environmental battles in the antebellum city
Statement of responsibility
Catherine McNeur
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 city and country was already being waged, and the winners would take dramatic steps to outlaw New York's wild side. Between 1815 and 1865, as city blocks encroached on farmland and undeveloped space to accommodate an exploding population, prosperous New Yorkers and their poorer neighbors developed very different ideas about what the city environment should contain. With Manhattan's image, health, and property values on their minds, the upper classes fought to eliminate urban agriculture and livestock, upgrade sanitation, build new neighborhoods, demolish shantytowns, create parks, and generally improve the sights and smells of city living. Poor New Yorkers, especially immigrants, resisted many of these changes, which threatened their way of life. By the time the Civil War erupted, bourgeois reform appeared to be succeeding. City government promised to regulate what seemed most ungovernable about urban habitation: the scourge of epidemics and fires, unending filth, and deepening poverty. Yet in privileging the priorities of well-heeled New Yorkers, Manhattan was tamed at the cost of amplifying environmental and economic disparities, as the Draft Riots of 1863 would soon demonstrate
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Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
307.7609747/1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HN80.N5
LC item number
M36 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
ACLS Humanities E-book
Label
Taming Manhattan : environmental battles in the antebellum city, Catherine McNeur
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-299) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn894668740
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (312 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674735989
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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22573/ctt9fmvcx
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not applicable
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.b32973548
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)894668740
  • acls0674735986

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
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