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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 8: Environment
     

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 8: Environment

by Martin Melosi (Editor), Charles Reagan Wilson (Editor)
 

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From semitropical coastal areas to high mountain terrain, from swampy lowlands to modern cities, the environment holds a fundamental importance in shaping the character of the American South. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture surveys the dynamic environmental forces that have shaped human culture in the region--and the ways humans have

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From semitropical coastal areas to high mountain terrain, from swampy lowlands to modern cities, the environment holds a fundamental importance in shaping the character of the American South. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture surveys the dynamic environmental forces that have shaped human culture in the region--and the ways humans have shaped their environment. Articles examine how the South's ecology, physiography, and climate have influenced southerners--not only as a daily fact of life but also as a metaphor for understanding culture and identity.

This volume includes ninety-eight essays that explore--both broadly and specifically--elements of the southern environment. Thematic overviews address subjects such as plants, animals, energy use and development, and natural disasters. Shorter topical entries feature familiar species such as the alligator, the ivory-billed woodpecker, kudzu, and the mockingbird. Also covered are important individuals in southern environmental history and prominent places in the landscape, such as the South's national parks and seashores. New articles cover contemporary issues in land use and conservation, environmental protection, and the current status of the flora and fauna widely associated with the South.

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More of a good thing, well timed, and in a more accessible package.--The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807858561
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/19/2007
Series:
New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

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From air-conditioning to magnolias to wetlands, this engrossing volume of The New Encyclopedia renders the American South both tactile and mythic, enchanting and worrisome.--Jack Temple Kirby, author of Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South

Meet the Author

Martin Melosi is Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Houston. He is author of several books, including the award-winning The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial Times to the Present.

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