Down to Earth Nature's Role in American History

ISBN-10: 0195140109

ISBN-13: 9780195140101

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Ted Steinberg

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In this ambitious and provocative text, environmental historian Ted Steinberg offers a sweeping history of our nation--a history that, for the first time, places the environment at the very center of our story. Written with exceptional clarity, Down to Earth re-envisions 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 modern-day consumer culture, Steinberg recounts how 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, the author reminds readers that many critical episodes in our history were, in fact, environmental events. He highlights the ways in which we 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. The text is ideal for courses in environmental history, environmental studies, urban studies, economic history, and American history. Passionately argued and thought-provoking, Down to Earth retells our nation's history with nature in the foreground--a perspective that will challenge our view of everything from Jamestown to Disney World.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface
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
Planet U.S.A.
Conclusion: Disney Takes on the Animal Kingdom
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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