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Pets in America: A History
 
 
Author
Katherine C. Grier.
Publisher Chapel Hill  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9 x 6.5 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780807829905
Pages/Publication Date 377/2006
Daedalus Item Code 32806
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The American love affair with furry, feathery, and sometimes even scaly friends is not as recent a phenomenon as you might think, notes cultural historian Katherine Grier in this anecdotal and analytical history, illustrated throughout with archival photographs and reproductions in black and white. Teddy Roosevelt's White House, for example, hosted guinea pigs, birds, dogs, cats, one young bear, a badger named Josiah, snakes, and a Shetland pony dubbed Algonquin, who once rode in the White House elevator. Mark Twain used to regularly stroll around with a cat named Lazy draped across his shoulders like a stole. And bull terrier Sally Ann Jarret, killed in action in the Civil War, is commemorated by a life-sized statue at Gettysburg National Military Park.

"Probes not just our changing notions about animals but our changing definition of a good society.... Very entertaining."NYTBR

 
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