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Release: March 9, 2000
Law professor earns national award for 'Of Cabbages,
IOWA CITY, Iowa --
University of Iowa Law Professor Marc Linder's "Of
Cabbages and Kings County" is the recipient of the Theodore Saloutos Memorial
Award for the best book published in American agricultural history. The prize
is awarded by the Agricultural History Society.
"Of Cabbages and Kings County" was published last year
by the UI Press and is an examination of pastoral Kings County, home to Brooklyn,
N.Y. in the late 1800s. Around 1880, Brooklyn supported so many farms that
it ranked second to neighboring Queens County as the nation's biggest producer
The once richly agrarian county is not known so much
for its roots as a producer of mainly cabbages, lettuce and spinach as it
is for the industries that reshaped the Atlantic Coast skyline. An excerpt
from the book's introduction reads "historians have paid scant attention to
the fact that Kings County thrived as a leading agricultural center in the
United States for 250 years and then, in the surprisingly short period of
20 years, converted into an urban residential community."
Linder and co-author, Lawrence Zacharias, associate
professor of management at the University of Massachusetts, wrote the richly
detailed and researched book, to wide acclaim. "The New York Times Book Review"
referred to the book as "a text brimming with new insights about Brooklyn's
development in the 19th century."
"Of Cabbages and Kings County" is available in paperback
and cloth editions at bookstores or directly from the UI Press at 1-800-621-2736
or online at www.uiowa.edu/~uipress.