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Green Versus Gold Sources in California's Environmental History

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ISBN-10: 1559635800

ISBN-13: 9781559635806

Edition: 2nd 1998

Authors: Carolyn Merchant

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While the state of California remains one of the most striking and varied landscapes in the world, it has experienced monumental changes since European settlers first set foot there. The past two centuries have witnessed an ongoing struggle between environment and economy, nature and humanity that has left an indelible mark on the region.Green Versus Goldprovides a compelling look at California's environmental history from its Native American past to conflicts and movements of recent decades. Acclaimed environmental historian Carolyn Merchant has brought together a vast storehouse of primary sources and interpretive essays to create a comprehensive picture of the history of ecological and…    
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List price: $55.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 6/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496

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.

List of Maps and Illustrations
Introduction: The Fate of Nature in the Golden State
California's Natural Environment
Sarah Royce Encounters the Sierra Nevada, 1849
William Brewer Explores the Central Valley, 1861
A Traveller on Settling in California, 1873
Mark Twain on Tahoe and Mono Lakes, 1903
Mary Austin Appreciates the California Desert, 1903
California's Geological Past
Wildlife in Transition
The Changing Face of the San Joaquin Valley
Indian Lands
Kate Luckie (Wintu) Deplores the Soreness of the Land, Recorded in 1925
Karok Indians on Coyote and Salmon, Recorded in 1930
Modoc People Recall Their Arrival in a Basket, Recorded in 1953
California Indians on "The Way We Lived," Recorded in 1981
Native Californian Cultivators
Aboriginal Fishers
The Impact of Disease
Native World Views
The Spanish and Russian Frontiers
A Spaniard Explores the Southern California Landscape, 1774
A Russian Sailor on the Sea Otter Trade, 1813
A Historian Chronicles the Return of the Sea Otter, 1938
Hispanic Water Rights
Indians Encounter Spaniards
Sea Otters Encounter Russians
Environmental Impacts of the Gold Rush
A Traveler Reports on the Gold Country, 1849
A Writer Recounts the Difference a Year Makes, 1851
A Federal Agent Assesses Mining's Impact on the Indians, 1853
A Newspaper Reporter Describes the North Bloomfield Mine, 1879
Judge Sawyer Halts Hydraulic Mining, 1884
Joaquin Miller on Environmental Deterioration in the Gold Country, 1890
Mining on Trial
Mining's Impact on the Land
Dredging for Gold
Forests Transformed
A Lumberman on Board-Feet Profits, 1884
An Advocate Calls for Forest Preservation, 1903
A Woman Recalls the Lumber Camps, 1931
Lizzie McGee Describes the Sequoia Mills, 1952
Judi Bari Recounts the Timber Wars, 1994
Myth and Reality of the Humboldt Forests
Cutting the Sierra Forests
Resistance to Logging
Rangelands Exploited
Richard Henry Dana on the Hide and Tallow Trade, 1840
Guadalupe Vallejo Recalls the Rancheros, 1890
A Rancher Saves the Tule Elk, 1915
A Woman Describes the Decline in Range Forage, 1945
The Rangelands
California's Grazed Ecosystems
Cattle on a Thousand Hills
Building the Hydraulic Empire
An Advocate Encounters the Irrigators, 1887
A Writer Describes Irrigation Districts, 1897
A Novelist Extolls the Watered Land, 1911
Critics Evaluate the California Water Plan, 1971
An Environmentalist Laments the Loss of Wild Rivers, 1982
Reporters Assess the 1982 Reclamation Reform Act, 1988
Hydraulic Society in California
When Is a River Not a River?
Hydraulic Society Triumphant
From the Family Farm to Agribusiness
Frank Norris on Wooing the Land, 1901
Susan Minor Depicts Sisterhood on the Farmlands, 1919
John Steinbeck on The Grapes of Wrath, 1939
Cesar Chavez Warns of Pesticide Risks, 1993
Order on the Land
This Bittersweet Soil
From the Family Farm to Agribusiness
Preserving Parks
Lafayette Bunnell Describes the "Discovery" of Yosemite, 1852
Congress Grants Yosemite to California, 1864
John Muir on Saving Hetch-Hetchy Valley, 1910
Yosemite Indians Recount Their Origin Story, Recorded in 1927
Huey Johnson on Long Live Mono Lake, 1983
Indian-White Conflicts over Yosemite
Muir Woods and Hetch-Hetchy Valley
Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks
Redwood National Park
Battles Over Energy
David Pesonen Describes a Visit to an Atomic Park, 1962
William Bronson on Electrical Transmission-Line Blight, 1968
A Writer on the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill, 1972
Martin Goldsmith on Siting Nuclear Power Plants, 1973
Energy and the Making of California
Oil and the Environment
The Battle for Bodega Bay
Second Nature: California Cities
Samuel Wood and Alfred E. Heller on California Going, Going, ..., 1962
Harold Gilliam on the Devil and the Deep Blue Bay, 1969
The California Environmental Quality Act, 1973
Ester Gulick, Catherine Kerr, and Sylvia McLaughlin on Saving San Francisco Bay, 1988
John McPhee Depicts a Debris Slide, 1989
Los Angeles Air
Earthquakes and Freeways
The New Urban Environmentalism
The Rise of Environmental Science
Eugene Hilgard Describes the Agricultural Experiment Station, 1890
An Insect Biologist Tells How Lady-Beetles Saved the Orange Groves, 1958
A Conservationist Explains How State Forestry Matured, 1985
Starker Leopold on Preserving California's Wildlife, 1985
Three Scientists Tell How to Conserve Biodiversity, 1993
California Scientists and the Environment
Eugene Hilgard and the Birth of Soil Science
California Scientists and the Insecticide Crisis
Restoring California's Vegetation
Revisioning California: Contemporary Environmental Movements
Ernest Callenbach on Population in Ecotopia, 1975
Raymond Dasmann and Peter Berg Advocate Bioregionalism, 1980
Bill Devall and George Sessions Explain Deep Ecology, 1982
Irene Diamond and Gloria Orenstein on the Emergence of Ecofeminism, 1990
Carl Anthony Explains Why African Americans Should Become Environmentalists, 1990
Magdelena Avila Tells How Hispanic Farmworkers Stopped an Incinerator, 1992
Chaos and California
Grassroots Environmentalism
A Place in Space
Conclusion: Environmental Ethics and California's Future
Author Index
Subject Index