First Along the River is the first concise, accessible, and informative introduction to the U.S. environmental movement that covers the colonial period through 1999. It provides students with a balanced, historical perspective on the history of the environmental movement in relation to major social and political events in U.S. history. The book highlights important people and events, places critical concepts in context, and shows the impact of government, industry, and population on the American landscape. Comprehensive yet brief, First Along the River discusses the religious and philosophical beliefs that shaped Americans' relationship to the environment, traces the origins and development of government regulations that impact Americans' use of natural resources, and shows why popular environmental groups were founded and how they changed over time.
|Edition description:||2nd Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.17(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.58(d)|
About the Author
Benjamin Kline is professor of history at DeAnza College.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction Chapter 1: Philosophical Foundations Chapter 2: The 1400s to 1700s: Inhabiting a New Land Chapter 3: The Early 1800s: Destroying the Frontier Chapter 4: The Late 1800s: Building an Industrial Nation Chapter 5: The 1900s to 1930s: Beginnings of the Conservation Movement Chapter 6: The 1940s to 1960s: Prelude to the Green Decade Chapter 7: The 1970s: The Conservation Movement Matures Chapter 8: The 1980s: A Conservative Backlash Chapter 9: The Early 1990s: Government Retrenchment and Public Apathy Chapter 10: The Late 1990s: The Institutionalization of the Environmental Movement Conclusion Glossary Bibliography and Suggested Readings
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a great one for chronicling the history of protecting wildlands and species in the United States. There are even summaries every so often to highlight stages in the history of protection and stewardship.