U. S. Environmentalism Since 1945: A Brief History with Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture) / Edition 1

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By the end of World War II, Americans' relationship with nature had changed dramatically. New consumption patterns drove an industrial economy that exploited the earth in new ways, and the atomic age heightened awareness of the earth's fragility. Environmental historian Steven Stoll identifies 1945 as the year in which environmentalism was born -- a fusion of decades-old thinking about conservation with activism to form a diverse political movement. In this thematically organized collection of primary sources, Stoll traces the development of the environmental movement and identifies its central premises and ideologies, including preservation politics, population growth, biological interdependence, climate change, ethical consumption, and environmental justice. Stoll's insightful introduction provides students with a solid overview of environmentalism's origins and contextualizes the issues raised by the documents. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography offer additional pedagogical support.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312410766
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 9/7/2006
  • Series: Bedford Series in History and Culture
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN STOLL is associate professor of history and American studies at Yale University. He is the author of Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America (2002) and The Fruits of Natural Advantage: Making the Industrial Countryside in California (1998). He is currently writing a history of nature and material progress in the nineteenth century.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction: The Rise of U.S. Environmentalism
Industrialism and Its Discontents
Conservation vs. Environmentalism
Criticizing Consumption
What It Means to Be Green
All Environmentalism Is Local

Conclusion: Pitfalls and Possibilities

The Documents
1. Wilderness Romanticism
1. Ansel Adams, Clearing Winter Storm, 1944
2. Marjory Stoneman Douglas, The Everglades, 1947
3. The Sierra Club, The Defense of Dinosaur, 1954
4. Wallace Stegner, Wilderness Letter, 1960
5. David Brower, The Place No One Knew, 1963
6. Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire, 1968

2. The End of Abundance
7. Garrett Hardin, The Tragedy of the Commons, 1968
8. Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb, 1968
9. Donella Meadows and Dennis Meadows, Limits to Growth, 1972
10. Lester Brown, Outgrowing the Earth, 2004

3. Ecology and Society
11. Aldo Leopold, Thinking like a Mountain, 1949
12. Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962
13. Barry Commoner, The Closing Circle, 1971
14. The Endangered Species Act, 1973
15. Bill Devall and George Sessions, On Cultivating Ecological Consciousness, 1985
16. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Summary for Policymakers, 2001
17. Edward O. Wilson, To the Ends of the Earth, 2002

4. Green Politics
18. How to Save the Earth, 1970
19. Denis Hayes, Earth Day, 1970
20. Ernest Callenbach, Ecotopia, 1975
21. Amory Lovins, Soft Energy, 1977
22. Dave Foreman, Ecodefense, 1985
23. Bill McKibben, The End of Nature, 1989

5. Acting Locally
24. Lady Bird Johnson, Remarks before the General Session, 1965
25. Ben H. Bagdikian, The Rape of the Land, 1966
26. Santa Barbara Declaration of Environmental Rights, 1970
27. Wendell Berry, The Agricultural Crisis as a Crisis of Culture, 1977
28. Lois Gibbs, Knocking on Doors at Love Canal, 1983
29. César Chávez, What Is the Worth of a Man or a Woman? 1989
30. Vernice D. Miller, The Quest for Environmental Justice, 1993

A Chronology of Key Events in U.S. Environmentalism since 1945
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography


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