Genius of Earth Day How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation

ISBN-10: 0809040506
ISBN-13: 9780809040506
Edition: 2013
Authors: Adam Rome
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/16/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

A comprehensive and enlightening history of Earth Day 1970, one of the largest and most important political events of the twentieth centuryThe first Earth Day is the most famous little-known event in modern American history. Because we still pay ritual homage to the planet every April 22, everyone knows something about Earth Day. Some people may also know that Earth Day 1970 made the environmental movement a major force in American political life. But no one has told the whole story before.     The story of the first Earth Day is inspiring; it had a power, a freshness, and a seriousness of purpose that are difficult to imagine today. Earth Day 1970 created an entire green generation. Thousands of Earth Day organizers and participants decided to devote their lives to the environmental cause. Earth Day 1970 helped to build a lasting eco-infrastructure—lobbying organizations, environmental beats at newspapers, environmental-studies programs, eco sections in bookstores, community ecology centers.     InThe Genius of Earth Day, the prizewinning historian Adam Rome offers a compelling account of the rise of the environmental movement. Drawing on his experience as a journalist as well as his expertise as a scholar, he explains why the first Earth Day was so powerful and brings one of the greatest political events of the twentieth century to life.

Adam Rome teaches environmental history and environmental nonfiction at the University of Delaware. Before earning his Ph.D. in history, he worked for seven years as a journalist. His first book, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism, won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award and the Lewis Mumford Prize.

Preface
Prologue: "Give Earth a Chance"
The Prehistory of Earth Day
Organizers
Events
Speakers
The New Eco-Infrastructure
Epilogue: The First Green Generation
Postscript
Note on Sources
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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