The Fair Chase: The Epic Story of Hunting in America
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The Fair Chase: The Epic Story of Hunting in America

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  • Product Type: Hardback
  • Barcode: 9780465061723
Author: Philip Dray

Format: Hardback

Number of Pages: 400

An award-winning historian tells the story of hunting in America, showing how this sport has shaped our national identity In the nineteenth century, hunting was popularized as a cure for the "softness" of urban life. The hunting code of ethics, known as fair chase, became a kind of worldview almost overnight, permanently embedding in our culture certain ideals of independence, fairness, manliness, and resourcefulness, as well as promoting the romance of the West. But hunting is also entwined with some of the more fraught aspects of American history, including the appropriation of Native American culture, egregious overhunting, Manifest Destiny, and even eugenics and Social Darwinism. In this sweeping, empathetic, and balanced book, historian Philip Dray explores how hunting has shaped the American psyche.