Hall Center For The Humanities


Donald D. Stull

"Men Were Cheap; Cattle Cost Money": 150 Years Of The Kansas Beef And Beef Packing Industry
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Mon., Oct. 18, 2010, 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Lawrence Public Library Auditorium

The Kansas beef industry got its start after the Civil War. Millions of cattle were driven from Texas to railheads in Kansas, then shipped east to be slaughtered. By the 1890's, "the golden age of the cowboy" had ended but Kansas remained a center for ranching. By the close of the 20th century, Kansas was a leader in cattle feeding and meatpacking.

Donald D. Stull will examine the history of the Kansas beef industry and discuss the impact of the meatpacking industry on communities. Stull is Professor of Anthropology at KU. His Ph.D. is from the University of Colorado and he has a Masters in Public Health from the University of California - Berkeley. Among his concentrations are modern agriculture, meat and poultry industry and the U S Great Plains.

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