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More Than a Meal

The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality

Karen Davis


This scholarly and authoritative book examines the cultural and literal history, as well as the natural history and biological needs and concerns of turkeys. Davis explores how turkeys came to be seen as birds who were not only the epitome of failure or stupidity but also the suitable centerpiece of the celebration of freedom in America itself—Thanksgiving. She examines the many varieties of turkeys and uncovers the methods by which millions of turkeys are raised, fattened, and slaughtered on farms around America today.

Davis takes us back to European folklore about turkeys, the myths, fairytales, and downright lies told about turkeys and their habits and habitats. She shows how turkeys in the wild have complex lives and family units, and how they were an integral part of Native American and continental cultures and landscape before the Europeans arrived.

Finally, Davis draws conclusions about our paradoxical, complex, and "bestial" relationship not just with turkeys, but with all birds, and thus with all other animals. She examines how our treatment of animals shapes our other values about ourselves, our relationship with other human beings, and our attitude toward the land, nation, and the world.



192 pp.  
6 x 9

Lantern Books

Paperback
$20.00

Published:  November 2001

978-1-930051-88-1




Karen Davis, Ph.D. is the founder and President of United Poultry Concerns. She has a PhD in English from the University of Maryland-College Park where she taught for 12 years in the English Department. She is the author of A Home for Henny; Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless ‘Poultry’ Potpourri; Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry; and More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality (Lantern Books 2001). She is also the author of The Holocaust and the Henmaid's Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities (Lantern Books 2005). See all books by Karen Davis


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