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By David Igler

Few commercial organizations left a extra enduring imprint at the American West than Miller & Lux, an unlimited meatpacking conglomerate all started via San Francisco butchers in 1858. Industrial Cowboys examines how Henry Miller and Charles Lux, German immigrants, consolidated the West's so much huge land and water rights, swayed legislatures and courts, monopolized western pork markets, and imposed their company will on California's average atmosphere. advised with readability and originality, this tale makes use of one interesting case examine to light up the commercial improvement and environmental transformation of the yank West through the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries.

The technique in which local butchers grew to become themselves into landed industrialists depended to a unprecedented measure at the acquisition, manipulation, and exploitation of average assets. David Igler examines the wider impression that industrialism--as exemplified by way of Miller & Lux--had on landscapes and waterscapes, and on human in addition to plant and animal existence within the West. He additionally offers a wealthy dialogue of the social relatives engineered via Miller & Lux, from the dispossession of Californio rancheros to the ethnic segmentation of the firm's tremendous exertions strength. The publication additionally covers such issues as land acquisition and reclamation, water politics, San Francisco's exact enterprise surroundings, and the city's relation to its surrounding hinterlands. principally, Igler highlights crucial matters that resonate for us this present day: who holds definitely the right and who has the facility to engineer the panorama for marketplace creation?

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