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

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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 damaged the earth in new ways, and the atomic age heightened awareness of the earth’s fragility. Environmental historian Steven Stoll identifies 1945 as the birth of American environmentalism—the point when conservation and nature advocacy fused with activism to form a political movement.  In this thematically organized collection of primary sources, Stoll traces...

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Overview

By the end of World War II, Americans’ relationship with nature had changed dramatically. New consumption patterns drove an industrial economy that damaged the earth in new ways, and the atomic age heightened awareness of the earth’s fragility. Environmental historian Steven Stoll identifies 1945 as the birth of American environmentalism—the point when conservation and nature advocacy fused with activism to form a political movement.  In this thematically organized collection of primary sources, Stoll traces the development of the environmental movement and identifies its central issues and ideologies, including the politics of preservation, population growth, biological interdependence, ecodefense, climate change, ethical consumption, and environmental justice. Stoll’s insightful introduction provides students with a solid overview of environmentalism’s origins and contextualizes the topics raised by the documents. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography offer additional pedagogical support.

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“This volume presents a wide-ranging and provocative selection of primary documents that will stimulate students to think critically about the complex nature and multiple aspects of American environmentalism in the modern era."—Rebecca Conrad, Middle Tennessee State University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403971524
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/6/2007
  • Series: The Bedford Series in History and Culture
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,457,611
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Stoll is an associate professor of history and environmental studies at Yale University. He is the author of The Fruits of Natural Advantage: Making the Industrial Countryside in California and Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America along with numerous articles on agricultural history. His current work focuses on the environmental history of American capitalism.

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Rise of American Environmentalism
• What is Environmentalism?
• Toward a Common Language
• Origins: Industrialism and Romanticism in 18th and 19th centuries
• Wilderness
• Growth
• Ecology
• Politics
• On Reading This Book
Part Two: The Documents
• Wilderness Romanticism
• The End of Abundance
• Ecology and Interdependence
• Politic Action and Ideology
The Politics of Home

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