American Environmental History / Edition 1

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Overview

"This compilation of seminal essays introduces students to the most exciting scholarship and writing on the environmental history in the United States. With primary documents that illustrate the conditions, perception, and influences of environmental issues from the pre-Columbian era to the present, the book invites students to analyze not only the connections between people and nature, but popular ideas of the environment in American history. Subjects include the changing American landscape, virgin soil epidemics and biological invasions, the impact of colonialism and industrial development, conservation, and the environmental movement and the backlash against it." An editorial introduction and headnotes for each chapter add scholarly value to the readings and documents. Students and instructors of American environmental history will find this an ideal collection for their courses and research.
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"All those interested in North America’s environmental history will treasure this volume for its trenchant commentary, its judicious selection of recent scholarship, and its illuminating documents and images." Karl Jacoby, Brown University

"A skillfully edited, lively collection that examines the interplay of culture, politics, and nature in the American past. An excellent choice for environmental history courses." Mark Fiege, Colorado State University

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Meet the Author

Louis S. Warren is Associate Professor of History and W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western US History at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of The Hunter’s Game: Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century America (1999).

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: What is Environmental History? 1
1 The Natures of Indian America Before Columbus 4
The Pristine Myth: The Landscape of the Americas in 1492 5
2 The Other Invaders: Deadly Diseases and Extraordinary Animals 49
Virgin Soils Epidemics 50
3 Colonial Natures: Marketing the Countryside 73
A World of Fields and Fences 73
4 Forest and Plantation in Nineteenth-Century America 101
"Wasty Ways": Stories of American Settlement 102
Rice, Water, and Power: Landscapes of Domination and Resistance in the Lowcountry, 1790-1880 125
5 Urban Nature and Urban Reforms 141
From the Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866 142
6 Markets, Nature, and the Disappearing Bison 160
Bison Ecology and Bison Diplomacy Redux: Another Look at the Southern Plains from 1800 to 1850 161
7 The Many Uses of Conservation 180
Conservation, Subsistence, and Class at the Birth of Superior National Forest 181
8 National Parks and the Trouble with Wilderness 212
The Trouble with Wilderness, or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature 213
9 Something in the Wind: Radiation, Pesticides, and Air Pollution 244
Reconstructing Environmentalism; Complex Movements, Diverse Roots 245
10 Environmental Protection and the Environmental Movement 271
Richard Nixon and the Triumph of Environmentalism 272
11 Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice 298
Troubled Waters in Ecotopia: Environmental Racism in Portland, Oregon 299
12 Backlash Against the Environmental Movement 324
13 Legacies 336
Index 347
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