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Table of ContentsContents Prologue: To Build a City 1. Enclosing the Common 2. Constructing Water 3. Inventing the Suburbs 4. Making the Harbor 5. Recreating the Wilderness Epilogue: The City Complete Note on Boston Common Petitions Notes Acknowledgments Index
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In lucid prose and engaging detail, Rawson charts how nineteenth-century Bostonians struggled with nature and one another to craft America's original city upon a hill. As he concludes, Boston not only shaped our nation's urban past but also charted its metropolitan future. Anyone who reads Eden on the Charles will see all American cities in a new, powerful light.
Matthew Klingle, author of Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle
By tracing the myriad shifting connections between Bostonians and the natural environments that have sustained their lives, Rawson's Eden on the Charles offers vital new perspectives on the human place in nature and how people think about it--not just for Boston, but for all American cities, past, present, and future.
William Cronon, author of Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
A loving and thorough history of nineteenth-century Boston debates about suburban settlement and the major public works of the era. It is a fine exposition of what seems now to be holding us back from adapting to the needs of the twenty-first century.
Sam Bass Warner, Jr., author of The Urban Wilderness and Province of Reason
With clear and insightful prose, Rawson effectively intersects ideas of nature and urban growth in a fine treatment of Boston. As he demonstrates so well, it is impossible to examine the history of urban places without understanding how they connect with the world in which they evolve and mature. The book will take a central place among other historical treatments of this magnificent city.
Martin V. Melosi, University of Houston