American Environmental History / Edition 1

American Environmental History / Edition 1

by Louis S. Warren
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631228632

ISBN-13: 9780631228639

Pub. Date: 02/12/2003

Publisher: Wiley

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631228639
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/12/2003
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Readers in American Social and Cultural History Series
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: What is Environmental History?1
1The Natures of Indian America Before Columbus4
The Pristine Myth: The Landscape of the Americas in 14925
2The Other Invaders: Deadly Diseases and Extraordinary Animals49
Virgin Soils Epidemics50
3Colonial Natures: Marketing the Countryside73
A World of Fields and Fences73
4Forest and Plantation in Nineteenth-Century America101
"Wasty Ways": Stories of American Settlement102
Rice, Water, and Power: Landscapes of Domination and Resistance in the Lowcountry, 1790-1880125
5Urban Nature and Urban Reforms141
From the Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866142
6Markets, Nature, and the Disappearing Bison160
Bison Ecology and Bison Diplomacy Redux: Another Look at the Southern Plains from 1800 to 1850161
7The Many Uses of Conservation180
Conservation, Subsistence, and Class at the Birth of Superior National Forest181
8National Parks and the Trouble with Wilderness212
The Trouble with Wilderness, or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature213
9Something in the Wind: Radiation, Pesticides, and Air Pollution244
Reconstructing Environmentalism; Complex Movements, Diverse Roots245
10Environmental Protection and the Environmental Movement271
Richard Nixon and the Triumph of Environmentalism272
11Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice298
Troubled Waters in Ecotopia: Environmental Racism in Portland, Oregon299
12Backlash Against the Environmental Movement324
13Legacies336
Index347

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