The removal of cows from Boston Common was a burning political issue of 1830. The anti-cow faction saw the 631-acre pasture on the western edge of the Shawmut peninsula as a potential site of leisure, recreation, and refinement. These petitioners often resided in the wealthier adjacent areas of the city. A counter petition emerged from pro-cow advocates who more likely earned their living, in part, from the keeping of animals. Boston’s town council decided in favor of the petition to ban cows; the common people appealed that decision the following year and lost again. This seemingly benign change in agricultural and social practice is presented as a turning point in the attitude of Bostonians...
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Book Review| June 01 2012
Review: Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston by Michael Rawson
Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston.
Harvard University Press,
2010, xii + 367 pp., 29 b/w illus. and 3 tables. $29.95, ISBN 9780674048416
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2012) 71 (2): 231–232.
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Keith N. Morgan; Review: Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston by Michael Rawson. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 June 2012; 71 (2): 231–232. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2012.71.2.231
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