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CAH Third Thursday Thinks Series continues at the Iron Horse Brewery - September 15, 2016

Wicked Smaht: Third Thursday Thinks at the Iron Horse

September 15, 2016 - 7pm at the Iron Horse Brewery
Speaker: Daniel Herman, CWU Department of History
"Hunting the Hunters: The Origins of American Sport Hunting."

Modern Americans tend to assume that the American hunting tradition came from the nation’s frontier past. Those who settled in what was “wilderness,” after all, had to provide meat for their tables. By examining colonial and early national art and literature, however, Daniel Herman finds that early Americans held contradictory attitudes toward hunting. Though many of them indeed became occasional hunters, they worried that full-time hunting made men “savage” and “indolent.” In his talk on the history of American sport hunting, Herman notes that hunting did not become a part of American identity until the Revolutionary War.

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