Vicious: Wolves and Men in America / Edition 1

Vicious: Wolves and Men in America / Edition 1

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by Jon T. Coleman
     
 


Why did Americans hate wolves for centuries? And, given the ferocity of this loathing, why are Americans now so protective of the animals? In this provocative history of wolves in America—and of the humans who have hated and loved them—Jon Coleman investigates the sometimes violent and always controversial relationship between the two species.
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Why did Americans hate wolves for centuries? And, given the ferocity of this loathing, why are Americans now so protective of the animals? In this provocative history of wolves in America—and of the humans who have hated and loved them—Jon Coleman investigates the sometimes violent and always controversial relationship between the two species.
"With lively prose and copious detail (Coleman) deftly weaves together the histories of settler and lupine societies. . . . Provocative, scholarly, scholarly, and readable."—Karen R. Jones, Journal of American History
"Thoughtfully conceived, insightful, and well written, Vicious is a wicked good read."—Andrew Kirk, Montana: The Magazine of Western History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300119725
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2006
Series:
The Lamar Series in Western History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
970,062
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Jon T. Coleman teaches history at the University of Notre Dame.

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Southern New England
1Howls, snarls, and musket shots : saying "this is mine" in colonial New England19
2Beasts of lore : how stories turned fearsome monsters into skulking criminals37
3Wolf bullets with adders' tongues : how to kill a wolf in colonial New England52
Pt. 2The Northeastern woodlands
4Predator to prey : wolves' journey through the Northeastern woodlands69
5Surrounded : fear and retribution in the Northeastern forests102
6Metaphors of slaughter : two wolf hunts123
Pt. 3The American West
7A wealth of canines : Mormon Americans on the Great Plains147
8Call it a coyote : how to exterminate wolves in colonial Utah173
Pt. 4The federal government
9Annihilation and enlightenment : the cultural extinction of North American wolves191

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