The Resource Wild by nature : North American animals confront colonization, Andrea L. Smalley

Wild by nature : North American animals confront colonization, Andrea L. Smalley

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Wild by nature : North American animals confront colonization
Title
Wild by nature
Title remainder
North American animals confront colonization
Statement of responsibility
Andrea L. Smalley
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "From the time Europeans first came to the New World until the closing of the frontier, the benefits of abundant wild animals--from beavers and wolves to fish, deer, and bison--appeared as a recurring theme in colonizing discourses. Explorers, travelers, surveyors, naturalists, and other promoters routinely advertised the richness of the American faunal environment and speculated about the ways in which animals could be made to serve their colonial projects. In practice, however, American animals proved far less malleable to colonizers' designs. Their behaviors constrained an English colonial vision of a reinvented and rationalized American landscape. In Wild by Nature, Andrea L. Smalley argues that Anglo-American authorities' unceasing efforts to convert indigenous beasts into colonized creatures frequently produced unsettling results that threatened colonizers' control over the land and the people. Not simply acted upon by being commodified, harvested, and exterminated, wild animals were active subjects in the colonial story, altering its outcome in unanticipated ways. These creatures became legal actors--subjects of statutes, issues in court cases, and parties to treaties--in a centuries-long colonizing process that was reenacted on successive wild animal frontiers. Following a trail of human-animal encounters from the seventeenth-century Chesapeake to the Civil War-era southern plains, Smalley shows how wild beasts and their human pursuers repeatedly transgressed the lines lawmakers drew to demarcate colonial sovereignty and control, confounding attempts to enclose both people and animals inside a legal frame. She also explores how, to possess the land, colonizers had to find new ways to contain animals without destroying the wildness that made those creatures valuable to English settler societies in the first place. Offering fresh perspectives on colonial, legal, environmental, and Native American history, Wild by Nature reenvisions the familiar stories of early America as animal tales"--
  • "Wild by Nature answers the question: how did indigenous animals shape the course of colonization in English America? The book argues that animals acted as obstacles to colonization because their wildness was at odds with Anglo-American legal assertions of possession. Animals and their pursuers transgressed the legal lines officials drew to demarcate colonizers' sovereignty and control over the landscape. Consequently, wild creatures became legal actors in the colonizing process--the subjects of statutes, the issues in court cases, and the parties to treaties--as authorities struggled to both contain and preserve the wildness that made those animals so valuable to English settler societies in North America in the first place. Only after wild creatures were brought under the state's legal ownership and control could the land be rationally organized and possessed. The book examines the colonization of American animals as a separate strand interwoven into a larger story of English colonizing in North America. As such, it proceeds along a different and longer timeline than other colonial histories, tracing a path through various wild animal frontiers from the seventeenth-century Chesapeake into the southern backcountry in the eighteenth century and across the Appalachians in the early nineteenth to end in the southern plains in the decades after the Civil War. Along the way, it maps out an argumentative arc that describes three manifestations of colonization as it variously applied to beavers, wolves, fish, deer, and bison. Wild by Nature engages broad questions about the environment, law, and society in early America"--
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Dewey number
639.90973
Index
index present
LC call number
QL83.4
LC item number
.S63 2017eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Wild by nature : North American animals confront colonization, Andrea L. Smalley
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments; Introduction ; 1. Creatures Serving for the Use of Man ; 2. No Bullets Would Pierce Beaver Skins ; 3. Devouring Anamulls ; 4. Incapable of Separate or Individual Property ; 5. The Liberty of Killing a Deer ; 6. In All Their Native Freedom ; Epilogue: Rewilding the Wild ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index ; A ; B ; C ; D ; E ; F ; G ; H ; I ; J ; K ; L ; M ; N ; O ; P ; R ; S ; T ; U ; V ; W ; Y ; Z
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ocn988029186
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1 online resource
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Form of item
online
Isbn
9781421422367
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Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b37099887
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Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)988029186
  • pebc1421422360

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