The fair chase The epic story of hunting in America

Philip Dray

Book - 2018

"Embodying the classic American traits of resourcefulness and rugged independence, the hunter looms larger than life in our national mythology, occupying a unique--and uniquely fraught--place in the American psyche. Popularized in the nineteenth century as a way to reconnect "soft" urban Americans with nature, for many years sport hunting was the national pastime of Americans from all walks of life, while it became a common theme in literature, art, and design. Fair chase, a code ...of hunting ethics emphasizing respect and restraint toward wildlife, inspired the conservation movement. Yet, hunting is linked to some less-than-honorable aspects of American history. Pioneers emulated Native American hunting methods even as they usurped their hunting grounds; market hunters drove many animal species toward extinction. Today, questions regarding wildlife protection, animal rights, the abuse of the fair chase ethos, and the sport's sometimes uneasy relationship with gun culture, continue to stir debate. In The Fair Chase, Philip Dray tells the sweeping saga of hunting in America from Daniel Boone to Annie Oakley, from Theodore Roosevelt to Ernest Hemingway. Hunting's history has much to tell us about our country's legends, its faith in manifest destiny, its evolving views on nature and wildlife, its love of sport and notions of self-reliance--in short, about nothing less than the shaping of our national character."--Jacket flaps.

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Published
New York : Basic Books 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xi, 396 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780465061723
0465061729
Main Author
Philip Dray (author)
  • Introduction: The nature of the beast
  • The prophet
  • When good Queen Bess met Daniel Boone
  • "Let us have more hunters"
  • Hunters go west
  • Forest and stream
  • Arming the hunters
  • Sportsman's paradise
  • Buffalo Bill, Custer, and Texas Jack
  • The new type of goodness
  • "Times have changed, and we must change also"
  • What is nature, what is man?
  • The trophic crusade
  • the guns of autumn
  • Epilogue: A complex inheritance.
Review by Choice Reviews

Hunting clearly arouses a great deal of emotion in America, because of issues such as gun control, environmentalism, veganism, and speciesism. While ultimately critical of the usefulness of hunting in contemporary America, Dray offers an eloquent, thoughtful, and nuanced cultural history of American hunting. A public historian, Dray has written a very accessible book, which examines individuals connected to hunting, such as Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill, as well as the literature of hunting and humanity's responsibility to other animals and the environment. In the process, he connects hunting to class, gender, and race in America. Echoing other historians such as Douglas Brinkley, Dray does well to remind us of the historical link between environmentalism and hunting. Those who think there are simple solutions to the issues Dray raises will find little comfort in his book. Yet readers who give The Fair Chase a fair chance should come away less sure of their righteousness as they reflect on the role of hunting historically and today. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty.--J. S. Franks, San Jose State, De Anza CollegeJoel S FranksSan Jose State, De Anza College Joel S Franks Choice Reviews 56:02 October 2018 Copyright 2018 American Library Association.

Review by Choice Reviews

Hunting clearly arouses a great deal of emotion in America, because of issues such as gun control, environmentalism, veganism, and speciesism. While ultimately critical of the usefulness of hunting in contemporary America, Dray offers an eloquent, thoughtful, and nuanced cultural history of American hunting. A public historian, Dray has written a very accessible book, which examines individuals connected to hunting, such as Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill, as well as the literature of hunting and humanity's responsibility to other animals and the environment. In the process, he connects hunting to class, gender, and race in America. Echoing other historians such as Douglas Brinkley, Dray does well to remind us of the historical link between environmentalism and hunting. Those who think there are simple solutions to the issues Dray raises will find little comfort in his book. Yet readers who give The Fair Chase a fair chance should come away less sure of their righteousness as they reflect on the role of hunting historically and today. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty.--J. S. Franks, San Jose State, De Anza CollegeJoel S FranksSan Jose State, De Anza College Joel S Franks Choice Reviews 56:02 October 2018 Copyright 2018 American Library Association.

Review by Choice Reviews

Hunting clearly arouses a great deal of emotion in America, because of issues such as gun control, environmentalism, veganism, and speciesism. While ultimately critical of the usefulness of hunting in contemporary America, Dray offers an eloquent, thoughtful, and nuanced cultural history of American hunting. A public historian, Dray has written a very accessible book, which examines individuals connected to hunting, such as Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill, as well as the literature of hunting and humanity's responsibility to other animals and the environment. In the process, he connects hunting to class, gender, and race in America. Echoing other historians such as Douglas Brinkley, Dray does well to remind us of the historical link between environmentalism and hunting. Those who think there are simple solutions to the issues Dray raises will find little comfort in his book. Yet readers who give The Fair Chase a fair chance should come away less sure of their righteousness as they reflect on the role of hunting historically and today. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty.--J. S. Franks, San Jose State, De Anza CollegeJoel S FranksSan Jose State, De Anza College Joel S Franks Choice Reviews 56:02 October 2018 Copyright 2018 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In an all-encompassing and balanced volume, an award-winning historian tells the story of hunting—one of the most sacred, but also most fraught, traditions in America—from Daniel Boone to Teddy Roosevelt, showing how this sport has shaped the national identity of the United States. 20,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Presents the history of hunting in the United States, describing how the pastime transformed from a frontier necessity to a way to reconnect urban Americans with nature in the nineteenth century.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An award-winning historian tells the story of hunting in America, showing how this sport has shaped our national identity. From Daniel Boone to Teddy Roosevelt, hunting is one of America's most sacred-but also most fraught-traditions. It was promoted in the 19th century as a way to reconnect "soft" urban Americans with nature and to the legacy of the country's pathfinding heroes. Fair chase, a hunting code of ethics emphasizing fairness, rugged independence, and restraint towards wildlife, emerged as a worldview and gave birth to the conservation movement. But the sport's popularity also caused class, ethnic, and racial divisions, and stirred debate about the treatment of Native Americans and the role of hunting in preparing young men for war. This sweeping and balanced book offers a definitive account of hunting in America. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution of our nation's foundational myths.