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On the Cutting Edge: Changes in Midwestern Meatpacking Communities

By Donald D. Stull

CuttingEdgePart of the Rural and Regional Essay Series, this essay serves as a guide to the new and emerging order needed in the food industry. It specifically focuses on the developing experience in Garden City, Kansas, from social and economical changes to changes in attitude toward growth and new immigrants. Complete with tables, this essay demonstrates the impact the meatpacking industry has on small American towns.

The Rural and Regional Essay Series is a companion series and successor to the Society for the Study of Local and Regional History's Historical Essays on Rural Life. Its goal is the publication of essays that offer distinct and seminal insights into rural and regional affairs. This series encompasses a wide range of history and the social sciences, and its editorial board welcomes innovative writings on a variety of rural and regional subjects.

The series is edited by Professor Joseph A. Amato with the assistance of Donata DeBruyckere, Janice Louwagie, and John Radzilowski. It is published, supported, and distributed by the Society for the Study of Local and Regional History and the History Center at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. Initial funding for this series was received from Southwest Minnesota State University and it Gunlogson Regional Research Fund, with additional funding from the Minnesota Humanities Commission.

Donald David Stull received his BA degree in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky and his MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 1975 he earned his MPH in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Stull presently holds a dual assignment as a professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology and Research Fellow, the Institute for Public Policy and Business Research at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Dr. Stull recently received from the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology the Omer C. Stewart Award in recognition of his exemplary achievements in Anthropology. His recent research is concerned with the impact of meatpacking on rural America. His writings include Any Way You Cut It: Meat Processing and Small-Town America and Collaborative Research and Social Change: Applied Anthropology in Action.

SSLRH, 1998

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