Born To Be Feral: An Evolutionary History of Domestic Animals in the American South

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This dissertation discusses the evolution of domestic animals in the Southeastern United States, especially domesticated animals who left human care and became feral. Gibson examines the drastic transformations that have occurred in the relationship between man and animal during major eras of Southern evolution including: prehistoric, the reunited South, the Colonial South, the Antebellum South, the Industrial South, and the Modern South.


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Dr. Gibson was a predoctoral fellow at Smithsonian Institution Archives Institutional History Division.

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Ph.D. dissertation

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Feral animals
  • Evolution
  • Anthropology
  • Industrial revolution
  • Agriculture
  • Colonial Era, America
  • Domestic animals
  • Prehistoric peoples
  • Anthropology, Prehistoric


  • United States
  • Confederate States of America
  • Southern States

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Number of pages: 420

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