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By Robert L. Dorman

ISBN-10: 0807823961

ISBN-13: 9780807823965

The careers and ideas of 4 figures of huge value within the heritage of yank conservation—George Perkins Marsh, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John Wesley Powell—are explored in A observe for Nature. Robert Dorman bargains full of life pics of every of those early environmental advocates, who witnessed firsthand the impression of financial growth and commercial revolution on fragile landscapes from the forests of latest England to the mountains of the West. through studying the nineteenth-century international within which the 4 males lived—its society, economic climate, politics, and culture—Dorman sheds gentle at the roots of yankee environmentalism. He presents an outline of the early many years of either source conservation and desert maintenance, discussing how Marsh, Thoreau, Muir, and Powell helped outline the problems that started altering the nation's attitudes towards its atmosphere via 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 sector display their authors' effect on environmental idea and politics even as much as the current day.

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The notion was a laudable one, and fully understandable considering the widespread suspicion of governmental power that pervaded antebellum politics. " The slavery issue, sectionalism, ethnic cleavages, the loss of political deference, and, above all, economic self-interest acted to undermine and destroy the Whig Party as a whole in the early 1850s, and no amount of oratory could save it. The implications were troubling: if the nation's political culture could not accommodate moral paternalism as a curb to the passions and appetites of the masses, what then was left except a resort to individual suasion and self-reform?

The sheer pace of change was most impressive to Cooper, as it was to many of her contemporaries. " The area had been mostly a "silent wilderness" where the "red man" was the "lord of the land'' until the time of the Revolution. " Cooper perceived the acquisitive spirit in the bustling village as well. " 8 As Cooper implied, the economic expansion necessary to fulfill the "wants" of this "gormandizing people" had substantial environmental effects, both in her region and throughout the country. Dyes and waste products from the new factories polluted rivers and streams.

I shall hang my 'lecturing' on the same peg with my other failures and follies," he told his Page 21 second wife, Caroline, in 1857. S. ambassador to Turkey (184953)travel descriptions, foreign affairsalong with topics of longer personal interest, such as agricultural improvement. Unfortunately, he seldom could rouse much enthusiasm in his audiences or in himself. Perhaps it was the grind of the circuit, the dull subjects ("The Environs of Constantinople"), or perhaps it was the forum itself. 22 Marsh was no spellbinder, oratorically or in print, but when the subject was important enough, when it was deeply felt, he could rise to the occasion.

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