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Major Problems in American Environmental History

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ISBN-10: 0495912425

ISBN-13: 9780495912422

Edition: 3rd 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Carolyn Merchant

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MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY presents major themes and controversial issues from native American times to the present, drawn from compelling, readable sources that draw readers into the process of developing their own perspectives on American environmental history.
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List price: $159.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.38" wide x 9.13" long x 1.18" tall
Weight: 1.628

Carolyn Merchant is professor of environmental history, philosophy, and ethics at the University of California, Berkeley. She is author ofThe Death of Nature,Reinventing Eden, and several other books on environmental history. She is a past president of the American Society for Environmental History and a recipient of the society's distinguished scholar award.

What is Environmental History?
Doing Environmental History
Predicting Environmental History
Using Environmental History
Interpreting Environmental History
Global Environmental History
Native American Ecology and European Contact
A Spanish Explorer Views the Pueblos, 1580
Spanish Explorers Observe Pueblo Irrigation, 1582
A Spaniard Testifies on the Effects of Pueblo Colonization, 1601
Nicholas Denys on the Micmac Fur Trade, 1672
A Jesuit Missionary Recalls Micmac Hunting Rituals, 1691
Lewis and Clark Describe the Great Plains, 1804
Plains Indians� Pictographs, Recorded by George Catlin in 1844
Pueblos and Spanish in the Southwest
Micmacs and French in the Northeast
Indians and Bison on the Great Plains
The New England Forest in the Seventeenth Century
William Bradford Faces a �Hideous and Desolate Wilderness,� 1620-35
John Winthrop Quotes Genesis on Subduing the Earth, 1629
Thomas Morton Praises the New English Canaan, 1632
William Wood on Indian Women�s Housing and Horticulture, 1634
Anne Bradstreet Eulogizes Nature, 1650
Edward Johnson on Transforming the Wilderness, 1654
A Timber Merchant�s Estate, 1682
Cotton Mather on the Scale of Nature, 1721
A Governor Enforces the King�s Forest Policy, 1730
A Beaver�s Perspective
A Colonist�s Perspective
Puritan Perspectives
Tobacco and Rice in the Colonial South
John White Depicts Indian Planting and Fishing in North Carolina, 1590
Virginia Settlers Discover Tobacco, 1614-1617
A Chesapeake Planter Describes His Holdings, 1686
Robert Beverley on Indians and Nature in Virginia, 1705
A Governor Explains South Carolina Rice Production, 1761
A Traveler Describes Tobacco Cultivation, 1775
Thomas Jefferson on the �Nature� of Blacks and Worn-Out Soils, 1787
Olaudah Equiano Describes His Enslavement, 1791
Tobacco and Soils in the Chesapeake
Rice and Slaves in the Low Country
Black Indians in the South
Farms and Cities in the Early Republic
J. Hector St. John de Cr�vecoeur Asks, �What Is an American?� 1782
Thomas Jefferson on the Agrarian Ideal, 1787
Benjamin Rush Praises the Market Farmers of Pennsylvania, 1789
Anna Howell�s Farm Diary, 1820
Samuel Slater�s Proposal on Cotton Spinning, 1789
Benjamin Henry Latrobe on Polluted Water in Philadelphia, 1798
John James Audubon Depicts the Squatters of the Mississippi, 1808-1834
Calvin Colton on Self-made Men, 1844
Farms and Subsistence
Pollution and Cities
Water and Industry
Nature and the Market in the Nineteenth Century
Phillis Wheatley Eulogizes Nature, 1773
John James Audubon on Shooting Birds, 1808-1834
James Fenimore Cooper Laments the �Wasty Ways� of Pioneers, 1823
Hudson River Painters Depict Nature, 1836-1849
George Catlin on Indians, Nature, and Civilization, 1844
Ralph Waldo Emerson Expounds on Nature and Wealth, 1844
Henry David Thoreau on Nature Versus Civilization, 1854
Rebecca Harding Davis on Pollution and Human Life in the Iron Mills, 1861
Civilization Over Nature
Nature Over Civilization
Slave Women and Nature
The Cotton South Before and After the Civil War
Frances Anne Kemble on Slavery and Nature in Georgia, 1838
A Georgia Planter Tells Why Cotton Pays, 1847
Frederick Law Olmsted Describes Cotton Production and Environmental Deterioration, 1861
Sharecroppers� Contracts, 1876-1886
Freed Slave Louis Hughes on Cotton and Cotton Worms, 1897
A Louisiana Convention Declares War on the Boll Weevil, 1903
Ex-Slaves Describe Their Means of Subsistence, 1937
A Freed Slave Explains �Why That Boll Weevil Done Come,� 1945
Soils Used
Soils Abused
Soils Extracted
Extracting the Far West in the Nineteenth Century
A Russian Sailor on the Sea Otter Trade, 1813
A Manager Describes the Russian American Company, 1835
Thomas Hart Benton on Manifest Destiny, 1846
An Federal Agent Assesses Mining�s Impact on the Indians, 1853
James Marshall Tells How He Discovered Gold, 1857
Joaquin Miller Describes Environmental Deterioration in the Gold Country, 1890
A Fish Commissioner on the Need for Salmon Protection, 1885
A Capitalist Advocates Salmon Hatcheries, 1893
An Indian Woman Deplores the Soreness of the Earth, Recorded in 1925
Otters versus Russians in Alaska
Miners versus Farmers in California
Salmon versus Fishers in the Northwest
Great Plains Grasslands Exploited
Pioneer Women Portray the Plains Environment, 1860-86
The Homestead Act, 1862
Joseph G. McCoy on the Chisholm Trail and Abilene Stockyards, 1874
Frederick Jackson Turner on the Significance of the Frontier in American History, 1893
John Steinbeck Depicts the Dust Bowl, 1939
Plenty-Coups Mourns the Vanishing Buffalo, Recorded in 1950
An Editor Bids Good Riddance to Buffalo, 1979
Great Plains Ecology
Cowboy Ecology
Telling Stories About Ecology
Resource Conservation in an Industrializing Society
George Perkins Marsh on Man and Nature, 1864
John Wesley Powell Advocates Reclamation, 1878
The Reclamation Act, 1902
George L. Knapp Opposes Conservation, 1910
Mrs. Marion Crocker on the Conservation Imperative, 1912
Robert Marshall on the People�s Forests, 1933
Hugh Bennett Presses for Soil Conservation, 1947
Gifford Pinchot Recalls the Origins of the Cosnervation Movement, 1947
From Conservation to Environment
Conservation as Reclamation
Women and Conservation
Wilderness Preservation in the Twentieth Century
Florence Merriam Bailey on the Early Audubon Women, 1900
Mary Austin on the Wonders of the Desert, 1903
John Muir Advocates Wilderness Preservation, 1912
The National Parks Act, 1916
Chief Luther Standing Bear Gives an Indian View of Wilderness, Recorded in 1933
The Wilderness Act, 1964
Edward Abbey on Industrial Tourism in the National Parks, 1968
The Value of Wilderness
Indians and Wilderness
The Trouble with Wilderness
Urbanizing the Environment in the Twentieth Century
A Woman Advocates Civic Cleanliness, 1901
Upton Sinclair on the Chicago Stockyards, 1905
Jane Addams on Garbage in Chicago, 1910
Cartoonists depict Gender and Environmental Politics, 1915-1919
A Black Migrant Experiences the Urban Environment, 1927
Alice Hamilton on Industrial Poisons, 1943
Dwight D. Eisenhower Promotes the Interstate Highway System, 1955
Industrial Pollution and Reform
Gender and Environmental Reform
Automobiles and the Environment
The Emergence of Ecology in the Twentieth Century
Ellen Swallow Richards on Human Ecology, 1907
Frederic Clements on Plant Succession, 1916
Henry Gleason on Plant Associations, 1926
Arthur Tansley Introduces the Ecosystem, 1935
Aldo Leopold Proposes a Land Ethic, 1949
Rachel Carson Warns of a Silent Spring, 1962
Eugene Odum on the Stability of the Ecosystem, 1969
Pickett and White on Patch Dynamics, 1985
Ellen Swallow�s Human Ecology
Organic, Economic, and Chaotic Ecology
Rachel Carson on Ecology
Water and Energy in the Twentieth Century
Franklin D. Roosevelt Dedicates Hoover Dam, 1935
The National Environmental Policy Act, 1969
Senator Gaylord Nelson Promotes the First Earth Day, 1970
Hopi Leaders on the Desecration of Their Sacred Lands, 1970
Barry Commoner on the Costs of Nuclear Energy, 1971
David Brower Protests the Damming of the West, 1990
A Reporter on the Human Costs of the Four Corners Coal Plant, 2007
Water and the Environment
Energy and the Environment
The Environmental Movement
Globalization: The United States in the Wider World
Carl Anthony Explains Why African-Americans Should Be Environmentalists, 1990
Principles of Environmental Justice, 1991
Winona LaDuke on Native Struggles for Land and Life, 1999
Reporters Announce a World Population of Six Billion, 1999
Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development, 2002
Rosemary Ruether on Ecofeminism and Globalization, 2005
Al Gore Explains Why Global Warming is a Global Crisis, 2006
The Copenhagen Accord on Climate Change, 2009
Environmental Justice
Environmental Philosophy
Global Climate Change