Dreamers & Defenders

Dreamers & Defenders

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In Dreamers and Defenders Douglas H. Strong relates the triumphs and defeats of twelve environmentalists from Henry David Thoreau to Barry Commoner. Their biographies form the dramatic and ongoing story of the conservationAcmovement in America. Beginning with Thoreau, Frederick Law Olmsted, and George Perkins Marsh, Strong shows that conservation enjoyed the support of a few writers and scientists even in the heyday of land development in the mid-nineteenth century. Later chapters are devoted to John Wesley Powell, who after the Civil War attempted to introduce enlightened land policies in the arid West; Gifford Pinchot, Theodore Roosevelt's chief forester; ]ohn Muir, who popularized the gospel of wilderness preservation; Stephen Mather, who launched the National Park Service; and Aldo Leopold, advocate of an ethical attitude toward the land. Other chapters deal with Harold Ickes, who as Franklin D. Roosevelt's secretary of the interior spurred conservation efforts and encouraged economic recovery from the Great Depression; David Brower, the controversial executive director of the Sierra Club; and Rachel Carson and Barry Commoner, who alerted Americans to the dangers of an environment increasingly polluted by toxic chemicals.Bibliographical. Essay. Literature on American environmental history has expanded rapidly in the last quarter century. The following ... For short essays on individuals and environmental topics, see Richard C. Davis, ed., Encyclopedia of American Forest and Conservation History, 2 vols. (New York: ... Ronald J. Fahl, North American Forest and Conservation History: A Bibliography (Santa Barbara, Calif.

Title:Dreamers & Defenders
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 1988


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