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A Social History of the American Alligator: The Earth Trembles With His Thunder

Glasgow, Vaughn L.

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ISBN 10: 0312062877 / ISBN 13: 9780312062873
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover in dustjacket. Oblong 8vo. First edition. Book is in Fine condition in blue and teal quarter cloth boards. Jacket is in Fine condition. Published in association with an exhibition of the same name shown at The Louisiana Museum Foundation in Illustrations throughout. Heavy. Not price-clipped. In protective mylar. 259 pp. 0-312-06287-7. Bookseller Inventory # 16873

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Title: A Social History of the American Alligator: ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Looks at the history and cultural impact of the American alligator, and traces early legends

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Marvelously entertaining account of the natural history of the American alligator, and of the worship, medicine, commerce, and art it has inspired. When early explorers came to the Gulf Coast, they found the natives not only worshiping the alligator (a 700-foot-long effigy still exists at Grand Lake, Louisiana) but eating alligator meat with relish--a custom taken up by Acadians arriving in the 1760's, who fixed ``cocodrie'' into soups, and continued today as a gourmet delicacy (by 1984 the meat became more valuable than the hides). Glasgow (curator, Louisiana State Museum) traces years of alligator mythology in 19th-century French romances, Victorian poetry, Mark Twain's tall tales, and the stories of Joel Chandler Harris. After the Civil War, he tells us, alligators became a symbol of the Deep South, appearing on the official seal of New Orleans, proliferating by the thousands in roadside gator farms and wrestling exhibitions from Florida to Louisiana, and becoming common town-pets--such as ``Old Hardhide,'' who lived in a caged pool in the center of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, for 21 years. Glasgow's well-told account of the 40-year controversy about the protection of alligators is filled with delicious anecdotes. When Louisiana decided to allow a limited hunting season on alligators (they had become so numerous they were turning up at golf courses, car washes, swimming pools, and carports), the Audubon Society responded with nationally publicized outrage. Louisiana then gave the Society two thousand alligators on the hoof (and in the marsh) that took Society personnel three years to transplant to adjoining states. The magnum opus of America's magnificent reptile. (Two- hundred b&w photographs.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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