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Of Cabbages and Kings County: Agriculture and the Formation of Modern Brooklyn Paperback – December 1, 1999

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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

About the Author

Marc Linder is professor of law at the University of Iowa. He is the author of a dozen previous books on law, economics, and labor, including Void Where Prohibited: Rest Breaks and the Right to Urinate on Company Time. Lawrence Zacharias is associate professor of management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Iowa Press; 1 edition (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087745714X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877457145
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,486,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am a born-in-Brooklyn lifelong New Yorker and local history buff. I found this book engrossing and highly informative in areas (agriculture, farming and land use) most local histories ignore.
It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how the outer boroughs of New York developed.
The photos are a hoot - showing long-urban areas as utterly unrecognizable farmland.
The book's only shortcoming is the author's boilerplate Marxist analysis of how land and capital are used in a modern economy.
With that one caveat, I heartily recommend this weighty tome for anyone seriously interested in New York outer-borough history.
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To understand how paradise was lost to real estate and develooment it is must read if you are from Brooklyn.
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