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An American Trilogy (book)

An American Trilogy: Death, Slavery, and Dominion on the Banks of the Cape Fear River
Author Steven M. Wise
Country USA
Language English
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Da Capo Press
Publication date
March 23, 2009
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 304 (hardcover)
ISBN
OCLC 191926208
364.1/870975632 22
LC Class SF395.8.N8 W57 2009

An American Trilogy: Death, Slavery, and Dominion on the Banks of the Cape Fear River is a 2009 is a non-fiction work by Steven M. Wise about the pig industry in North Carolina. Wise is an American legal scholar who specializes in animal protection.[1]

Contents

  • Contents 1
  • Reviews 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes 4
  • Further reading 5

Contents

Wise discovered that the same piece of land in Tar Heel, NC, has over the years seen the decimation of aboriginal tribes by Christian settlers; was the site of a plantation where African-American slaves once worked; and is now the site of factory farms for pigs, and the world's largest slaughterhouse, operated by Smithfield Foods, where 40,000 pigs are killed every day.[1]

In the course of his investigation, Wise interviews former slaughterhouse employees, visits a pork factory, talks to a scientist whose job it is to make pork taste better, and attends World Pork Expo in Iowa, home of the "Pigcasso" art show and pig races, and, through documenting the life of a fictional pig, criticises the treatment of pigs in pork manufacturing.

Wise writes that the work makes the employees callous, and writes that they are often immigrants who will accept any kind of work, and who are the least likely to report what they see there. The regulations that do exist are not enforced, he writes, because anything that enhances the pigs' lives reduces profit.[1]

Reviews

Barbara Bamberger Scott writes for Curled Up with a Good Book that An American Trilogy is a dramatic and incisive book. She writes that Wise is not asking people to boycott pork. He is looking for advocates for the pig, not converts to veganism.

Publishers Weekly calls the book a "muddled manifesto." They write that the author somewhat offensively compares the Indians' "fauna-friendly religion" with the cruel Christian idea of dominion over animals, and before them, over slaves and indigenous Americans. Wise combines what the reviewer writes are genuine outrages with banalities: for example, disapproving of paintings of pigs at the World Pork Expo. The reviewer adds that "Readers who root around a bit will find more cogent discussions of animal-rights issues elsewhere".[2]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Bamberger Scott, Barbara. "An American Trilogy," Curled Up with a Good Book, accessed July 4, 2009.
  2. ^ "Review of American Trilogy", Publishers Weekly, Reed Business Information, accessed July 4, 2009.

Further reading

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