Down to Earth Nature's Role in American History

ISBN-10: 0199797390
ISBN-13: 9780199797394
Edition: 3rd 2012
Authors: Ted Steinberg
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Book details

List price: $62.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 7/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

In this ambitious and provocative text, environmental historian Ted Steinberg offers a sweeping history of the United States - a history that places the environment at the very center of the narrative. Now in a new edition, Down to Earth reenvisions the story of America "from the ground up."It reveals how focusing on plants, animals, climate, and other ecological factors can radically change the way that we think about the past. Examining such familiar topics as colonization, the industrial revolution, slavery, the Civil War, and the emergence of consumer culture, Steinberg recountshow the natural world influenced the course of human history. From the colonists' attempts to impose order on the land to modern efforts to sell the wilderness as a consumer good, he reminds readers that many critical episodes in U.S. history were, in fact, environmental events. The text highlightsthe ways in which Americans have attempted to reshape and control nature, from Thomas Jefferson's surveying plan, which divided the national landscape into a grid, to the transformation of animals, crops, and even water into commodities. In this third edition, Steinberg addresses the role of corporations in U.S. environmental history, in part by exploring the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil-spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He has also updated the discussion of climate change in order to offer a fuller assessment of U.S. policy and itsworld-historical importance.

Preface
Acknowledgments to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Rocks and History
Chaos to Simplicity
Wilderness under Fire
A Truly New World
Reflections from a Woodlot
Rationalization and Its Discontents
A World of Commodities
King Climate in Dixie
The Great Food Fight
Extracting the New South
The Unforgiving West
Conservation Reconsidered
Death of the Organic City
Consuming Nature
Moveable Feast
The Secret History of Meat
America in Black and Green
Throwaway Society
Shades of Green
In Corporations We Trust
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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