Feral Animals in the American South: An Evolutionary History

Cambridge University Press, 2016 (paperback 2018)

Feral Animals in the American South retells several hundred years of southern history from the perspective of domestic animals. The book follows three different species (dogs, pigs, and horses) across four different eras of southern history (the colonial era, the antebellum era, the industrial era, and the modern era). It also looks at those animals who leave domestication and escape to the wild, where they are technically relabeled “feral.” This approach teaches us about the animals themselves, of course, but it also teaches us about the people with whom they lived and worked. Drawing equally from both the historical record and the scientific literature, Feral Animals in the American South sheds light on the social, cultural, and evolutionary consequences of animal domestication.

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