Environmental History and the American South A Reader

ISBN-10: 0820333220

ISBN-13: 9780820333229

Edition: 2009

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This reader gathers fifteen of the most important essays written in the field of southern environmental history over the past decade. Ideal for course use, the volume provides a convenient entree into the recent literature on the region as it indicates the variety of directions in which the field is growing. As coeditor Paul S. Sutter writes in his introduction, "recent trends in environmental historiography--a renewed emphasis on agricultural landscapes and their hybridity, attention to the social and racial histories of environmental thought and practice, and connections between health and the environment among them--have made the South newly attractive terrain. This volume suggests, then, that southern environmental history has not only arrived but also that it may prove an important space for the growth of the larger environmental history enterprise."The writings, which range in setting from the Texas plains to the Carolina Lowcountry, address a multiplicity of topics, such as husbandry practices in the Chesapeake colonies and the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The contributors' varied disciplinary perspectives--including agricultural history, geography, the history of science, the history of technology, military history, colonial American history, urban and regional planning history, and ethnohistory--also point to the field's vitality. Conveying the breadth, diversity, and liveliness of this maturing area of study,Environmental History and the American Southaffirms the critical importance of human-environmental interactions to the history and culture of the region.Contributors: Virginia DeJohn Anderson William Boyd Lisa Brady Joshua Blu Buhs Judith Carney James Taylor Carson Craig E. Colten S. Max Edelson Jack Temple Kirby Ralph H. Lutts Eileen Maura McGurty Ted Steinberg Mart Stewart Claire Strom Paul Sutter Harry Watson Albert G. Way
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 3/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694

Acknowledgments and Editors' Notes
"No More the Backward Region: Southern Environmental History Comes of Age"
"Animals into the Wilderness: The Development of Livestock Husbandry in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake"
"Horses and the Economy and Culture of the Choctaw Indians, 1690-1840"
"Landscapes of Technology Transfer: Rice Cultivation and African Continuities"
"Clearing Swamps, Harvesting Forests: Trees and the Making of a Plantation Landscape in the Colonial South Carolina Lowcountry"
" 'The Common Rights of Mankind': Subsistence, Shad, and Commerce in the Early Republican South"
"The Wilderness of War: Nature and Strategy in the American Civil War"
"If John Muir Had Been an Agrarian: American Environmental History West and South"
"Texas Fever and the Dispossession of the Southern Yeoman Farmer"
"Like Manna from God: The American Chestnut Trade in Southwestern Virginia"
"Burned to Be Wild: Herbert Stoddard and the Roots of Ecological Conservation in the Southern Longleaf Pine Forest"
"Making Meat: Science, Technology, and American Poultry Production"
"The Fire Ant Wars: Nature and Science in the Pesticide Controversies of the Late Twentieth Century"
"From nimby to Civil Rights: The Origins of the Environmental Justice Movement"
"Do-It-Yourself Deathscape: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in South Florida"
"Reintroducing Nature to the City: Wetlands in New Orleans"
Epilogue: "Nature Suburbanized, and Other Southern Spaces"
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