A word for nature: four pioneering environmental advocates, by Robert L. Dorman

A word for nature: four pioneering environmental advocates, by Robert L. Dorman

By Robert L. Dorman

The careers and concepts of 4 figures of huge value within the heritage of yankee conservation—George Perkins Marsh, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John Wesley Powell—are explored in A note for Nature. Robert Dorman deals energetic pics of every of those early environmental advocates, who witnessed firsthand the effect of financial growth and business revolution on fragile landscapes from the forests of latest England to the mountains of the West. by way of analyzing the nineteenth-century international during which the 4 males lived—its society, economic system, politics, and culture—Dorman sheds mild at the roots of yank environmentalism. He presents an outline of the early many years of either source conservation and desolate tract upkeep, discussing how Marsh, Thoreau, Muir, and Powell helped outline the problems that all started altering the nation's attitudes towards its atmosphere through the early 20th century. Dorman's readings of works together with Marsh's guy and Nature, Thoreau's The Maine Woods, Muir's The Mountains of California, and Powell's document at the Lands of the Arid area exhibit their authors' effect on environmental inspiration and politics even as much as the current day.

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His vocations were lawyer, manufacturer, gentleman farmer, speculator, newspaper editor, road builder, lumber dealer, state bureaucrat, congressman, and ambassador. His avocation was genteel scholar, on subjects ranging from Scandinavian languages to camels. "2 Marsh was a contemporary with the more famous progenitor of American environmentalism, Henry David Thoreau, whom he was born twenty years before and was to outlive by another twenty. This bracketing of their lives is symbolic of a prefatory truth about both of these New Englanders, who never met: Page 6 Marsh, a man of affairs like his father, participated fully in the economic, political, and cultural life of the antebellum era, while Thoreau, as a member of the Romantic reaction against much of what that era had to offer, held himself apart from it, living more marginally and obscurely.

The very same "wants" had driven the farmer to "turn his timber into banknotes," deforesting the countryside.  . "17 These perceptions of Cooper's and those of growing numbers of educated women and men in the antebellum period were expressions of the sensibility of Romanticism (see Chapter 2). Of course, not every woman Page 18 with leisure was a writer like Cooper, but in their more conventional domestic round, many were able to participate in Romantic "nature appreciation" through reading and other hobbies, such as botany.

Tom, Present-Day 33 Henry David Thoreau 47 Thoreau's Cove, Walden Pond, Nineteenth-Century View 85 John Muir 103 John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt at Yosemite Valley 166 John Wesley Powell 173 John Wesley Powell near the Grand Canyon 191 Page xi Preface On July 4, 1845, Henry David Thoreau began his two-year sojourn on the shore of Walden Pond, an obscure intellectual exploring alone the value and meanings of nature. S. Senate passed a bill approving construction of a dam and reservoir at Hetch Hetchy Valley inside Yosemite National Park, a decision reached after ten years of organized opposition and nationwide public controversy.

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