Pet Friendly: A History of Domestic Animals

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Henry Pontier photographed handfuls of animal subjects, circa 1870

Henry Pontier photographed handfuls of animal subjects, circa 1870

America is a pet-owning nation. Over 60% of households, in fact, possess some sort of furry or feathered friend, and we spend over $50 billion a year looking after them. But domestic animals have long been woven into the fabric of American life, even if we weren’t always treating them like members of the family.

In this episode, the American History Guys take a deep-dive into the history of human-animal interaction, and try to figure out how our lives have been shaped by the animals whose lives we control.

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