Saving the Planet The American Response to the Environment in the Twentieth Century

ISBN-10: 156663301X

ISBN-13: 9781566633017

Edition: 2000

Authors: Hal K. Rothman

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Hal Rothman chronicles the American response to the environment in the 20th century, showing how the idea of conservation management was transformed after World War II into a program for quality of life. His cogent narrative history is punctuated throughout with accounts of crucial episodes in the growth of environmentalism--Hetch-Hetchy, the Echo Park Dam, the oil spill at Santa Barbara, Love Canal, and others. A thoughtful tracking of the American environmental sympathies during this century. --Kirkus Reviews. American Ways Series.
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List price: $14.90
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Publication date: 3/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594

Introduction: The Twentieth Century and Its many Visions
From conservation to environmentalism--continuities and contradictions
Setting the Stage: The Diverse Currents of the 1890s
Industrialization and reform
John Muir, the Sierra Club, and the preservation of nature
Federal legislation
Progressive Conservation
Theodore Roosevelt and the new approach to conservation
Addressing water pollution
Gifford Pinchot and scientific forestry
Implementing Progressive conservation
The Hetch-Hetchy controversy
Conservation as Business and Labor Policy
Jazz Age values
Water in the West
New Deal projects
Effects of the Great Depression
The Democratization of Conservation
Post-World War II social changes
The problems of growth
Conservation revived
The Echo Park Dam battle
The Rise of Aesthetic Environmentalism
The mood of the 1960s
Calls to action
Perils of atomic testing
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb
Environmentalism as a new center of consensus
The Santa Barbara oil spill
The Limits of Quality of Life
The dangerous bargain between industry and its workers
A legal revolution
The federal response to environmental concerns
Environmental Impact Statements
The Alaska Pipeline
Earth Day
Toxic wastes
Backlash: Full Stomachs and Empty Pockets
Impact of the oil crisis and the Vietnam War
The Sagebrush Rebellion
James Watt
Swelling ranks of environmental groups
Reagan administration policies
The Wise Use movement
A New Environmentalism
Three Mile Island
Hazardous waste and Love Canal
New grassroots activism
Dumping in Nevada
A Note on Sources
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