Understanding The Call of the Wild: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

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UNDERSTANDING The Call of the Wild
A STUDENT CASEBOOK TO ISSUES, SOURCES, AND HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

Claudia Durst Johnson

The Greenwood Press "Literature in Context" Series

GREENWOOD PRESS Westport, Connecticut London

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Greenwood Press "Literature in Context" Series Student Casebooks to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - Literary Analysis: Adventure and Myth 1
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 22
  • 2 - The Alaskan Panhandle and the Yukon Territory 25
  • Seal Killing in Alaska 36
  • Hazards of Yukon Weather 38
  • The Yukon Cold 49
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 52
  • 3 - The Yukon Gold Rush 55
  • The Initial Discovery of Gold in the Klondike 67
  • News of the Yukon Gold Reaches San Francisco 71
  • People Prepare to Leave for the Klondike 79
  • Transportation to the Yukon 81
  • Equipment for Prospectors 82
  • Guides for Prospectors 84
  • Travel Distances to the Gold Field 91
  • The Chilkoot Pass 93
  • Ignorance of Would-Be Miners 96
  • The Rapids 97
  • Another Account of the Rapids 101
  • Scarcity of Food 104
  • Food Prices 106
  • Mining Terminolociy 107
  • Claim Form 109
  • Mining Operations 111
  • Too Much Gold? 116
  • The Spell of Yukon 118
  • Less Optimistic Views on the Yukon 122
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 125
  • 4 - The Sled Dog 127
  • The Origin of the Dog 147
  • The St. Bernard 150
  • A Dog Owner's Description of His St. Bernard 152
  • The Newfoundland 157
  • Cuffy, the Newfoundland 158
  • The Collie 160
  • Sled Dogs in the Yukon 162
  • The Husky 165
  • A Dog Owner's Description of the Husky 168
  • Dogsleds 170
  • Traveling by Dogsled 173
  • The 1925 Diptheria Rescue by Sled Dogs 178
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 181
  • 5 - Humans' Relationship with Animals: The Issue of Cruelty 183
  • Genesis: The Western-World Tradition 198
  • Treatment of Sled Dogs in the Yukon 200
  • Brutality Toward Horses and Dogs in the Yukon 204
  • The Fate of Horses in the Yukon 206
  • A Dog Owner's Treatment of His Dogs 210
  • Cruelty to Animals in the name of Fashion 213
  • Working for Animal Rights: PETA Takes a Step Further 214
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 216
  • 6 - The Wolf: Symbol, Myth, and Issue 219
  • Bounties on Wolves in Colonial Massachusetts 233
  • Fear and Hatred of the Wolf 235
  • Legislation to Protect Endangered Species 237
  • Defense of Wolves 240
  • Opposition to Designation of the Wolf as an Endangered Species 242
  • Protection of the Wolf 245
  • Index 249
  • About the Author 259
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