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“A fascinating counterpoint to the prevailing view of the development of Brooklyn as a simple story of increasing urbanization. By focusing on the corollary of this view—the story of a steady decline in agricultural production—Marc Linder and Larry Zacharias uncover a rich lode of information unavailable in the standard histories. While a particularly valuable chapter on labor illuminates the nature and extent of slaveholding on western Long Island, the authors' solid research sheds new light on virtually every aspect of the borough's history. A corrective to the tides of nostalgia that overwhelm many writers on Brooklyn, Of Cabbages and Kings County sets a new standard in the region's historiography.”—Joy Holland, librarian, Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library
“This book is based on superb research. It treats a heretofore unexplored subject in American agricultural history and makes an important contribution to American, agricultural, and New York history.”—R. Douglas Hurt, Center for Agricultural History and Rural Studies, Iowa State University