So Glorious a Landscape: Nature and the Environment in American History and Culture

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So Glorious a Landscape: Nature and the Environment in American History and Culture surveys the vast and interdiscipli-nary subject of American natural and environmental studies. It examines the literary landscape that has inspired a local, regional, and national sense of place; explores the dynamic meaning and significance of nature across time, place, culture, and gender; and looks at the essence and history of environmental change. The first all-encompassing introductory survey of environ-mental history and ...

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Overview

So Glorious a Landscape: Nature and the Environment in American History and Culture surveys the vast and interdiscipli-nary subject of American natural and environmental studies. It examines the literary landscape that has inspired a local, regional, and national sense of place; explores the dynamic meaning and significance of nature across time, place, culture, and gender; and looks at the essence and history of environmental change. The first all-encompassing introductory survey of environ-mental history and cultural studies, this volume provides students and scholars with carefully chosen selections from major essayists, naturalists, preachers, geographers,novelists, scientists, and historians whose works have shaped the fields of literary ecology and environmental history. The essays trace the changing American landscape and ideas about nature from the seventeenth century to the present. By analyzing a range of material, So Glorious a Landscape provides a fresh perspective on what nature is in American life, what forces have shaped its profound place and changing definition, and what the work of environmental historians tells about the relationship of nature, culture, and power in America. So Glorious a Landscape is an excellent resource for courses in American studies, environmental history, and American culture.

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David Glassberg
"This is a powerhouse of an anthology, only 300 pages but jam-packed with period documents that illustrate important facets of Americans' changing relationship with nature over the past four centuries, from the creation stories of native peoples to the modern environmental justice movement."
Department of History University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Keith Edgerton
"As our national conversation centers increasingly on the use and abuse of the natural environment, it becomes crucial that environmental history provide the ballast for these debates. So Glorious a Landscape combines a vast array of pungent cultural commentary with keen historical insight. The voices Professor Magoc has arranged here are the wellspring of American environmentalism. There is something in this volume for everyone concerned about the relationship Americans have had with their natural world."
151;Department of History and Environmental Studies Program Montana State University-Billings
Booknews
This anthology of American environmentalism is distinct for its point of departure: it begins with nine offerings on Native American ecology and the American conquest written by Indians and non-Indians alike. The Acoma Pueblo creation myth, for example, states that the world begins with two females born underground. Part two features pieces by nature writers Thoreau, Muir, John Burroughs, Annie Dillard, and Mary Austin. Next come sundry writings from Aldo Leopold, George Perkins Marsh, Ellen Swallow Richards, and William Bartram, the latter writing about animals and doubting that instinct is inferior to reason. Five readings about the destruction and preservation of place and seven regarding responses to the "environmental era" complete this unique reader. Suggested readings for each section are also included. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Keith Edgerton
As our national conversation centers increasingly on the use and abuse of the natural environment, it becomes crucial that environmental history provide the ballast for these debates. So Glorious a Landscape combines a vast array of pungent culturalcommentary with keen historical insight. The voices Professor Magoc has arranged here are the wellspring of American environmentalism. There is something in this volume for everyone concerned about the relationship Americans have had with their natural world.
David Glassberg
This is a powerhouse of an anthology, only 300 pages but jam-packed with period documents that illustrate important facets of Americans' changing relationship with nature over the past four centuries, from the creation stories of native peoples to the modern environmental justice movement. Students of American environmental history and literature are sure to find selections that will catch their interest, while Chris Magoc’s chapter introductions and bibliographical essay reliably point them to more in-depth studies.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Pt. I Indian Ecology, American Conquest 1
1 Acoma Pueblo Creation Myth 20
2 Tewa Sky Looms 23
3 A Hideous and Desolate Wilderness (1647) 24
4 Potential of the New English Canaan (1632) 27
5 Fate of the Abenaki in the Colonial Ecological Revolution 31
6 The Northwest Ordinance (1787) 39
7 The Untransacted Destiny of the American People (1846) 43
8 Americans Spread All Over California (1846) 45
9 Social and Environmental Degradation in the California Gold Country (1890) 46
10 The Soreness of the Land (1925) 50
Pt. II Nature's Nation: The American Landscape and the Nature Writing Tradition 53
11 Where I Lived and What I Lived For (1854) 74
12 My First Summer in the Sierra (1868) 80
13 Spring at the Capital (1871) 84
14 The Land of Little Rain (1903) 92
15 The Present at Tinker Creek (1974) 96
Pt. III Science, Nature, and the Emergence of an Ecological Ethic 103
16 The Animal Creation and the Importance of Ephemera (1791) 130
17 The Destructiveness of Man (1864) 136
18 Human Ecology and the Habits of Sanitation in the Modern Urban Environment (1907) 142
19 Land-Use Ethics of Economic Self-Interest (1949) 145
Pt. IV Power and Place: The Meeting of Social and Environmental History 151
20 Alice Hamilton Explores the Dangerous Trades 172
21 Preserving the Hallowed Ground of Dinosaur National Monument (1954) 178
22 The Rape of the Appalachians (1962) 181
23 What Happened at Love Canal (1982) 190
24 The Origins of the Environmental Justice Movement (1997) 198
Pt. V The Environmental Era: Responses to Nature in Distress 217
25 Passenger Pigeons (1949) 245
26 The Historic Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis (1967) 248
27 Polemic: Industrial Tourism and the National Parks (1968) 256
28 The Fate of All Living Things (1977) 267
29 The National Environmental Policy Act (1969) 271
30 Population and Global Economic Patterns (1990) 275
31 Wise Use: What Do We Believe? (1996) 279
32 Women and Ecology (1988) 286
Suggestions for Further Reading 291
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