Northeast and Midwest United States: An Environmental History

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ABC-CLIO, 2005 - 323 páginas

An engaging, personalized look at the interplay between people and nature in the northeastern and midwestern United States, from prehistory to the present.

The Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States provide a fascinating case study for the emergent field of environmental history. These regions, with their varied resources, were central to the early economic success of the nation. Consequently, the early industries in these regions altered and depleted the landscape as people changed their locations and occupations. Fishing and whaling on the northeastern coast have given way to tourism and sailing. The great stands of timber around the Great Lakes have been replaced by farms and dairies. The textile mills, powered by the falls of the Piedmont and once yielding wealth, now stand empty.

That humans shape their environment and, in turn, must respond to the consequences is broadly obvious. Using the voices of historical figures, both notable and obscure, this book brings to life the interaction between humans and their environments and illustrates the consequences of those interactions. Part of ABC-CLIO's unique Nature and Human Societies series, this book enables readers to better understand humanity's effect on the environment.

* Maps and photographs show environmental regions, population movement, and changes to the environment by humans

* Separate listing of primary sources for all chapter topics, along with a bibliography and glossary

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THE PEOPLE AND PLACE BEFORE COLUMBUS
1
FIRST ENCOUNTERS
23
GOODS TRADE MILLS AND DAMS
55
MOVING WEST THE INTERIOR
77
MILLS TOWNS AND CITIES
111
POLLUTION AND HEALTH
147
PROTECTING THE PLACE
179
Important People Events and Concepts
217
Chronology
243
Documents
249
Bibliography
291
Index
305
About the Author
323
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Página 259 - OUR age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?
Página 279 - In short, at the frontier the environment is at first too strong for the man. He must accept the conditions which it furnishes, or perish, and so he fits himself into the Indian clearings and follows the Indian trails.
Página 264 - When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most interminable, and, to the citizen, most dismal swamp. I enter a swamp as a sacred place, a sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow of Nature.
Página 263 - The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild; and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World.
Página 271 - ... would reduce it to such a condition of impoverished productiveness, of shattered surface, of climatic excess, as to threaten the depravation, barbarism, and, perhaps, even extinction of the species.
Página 263 - A people who would begin by burning the fences and let the forest stand! I saw the fences half consumed, their ends lost in the middle of the prairie, and some worldly miser, with a surveyor looking after his bounds, while heaven had taken place around him, and he did not see the angels going to and fro, but was looking for an old post-hole in the midst of paradise.

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John T. Cumbler, Ph.D., is professor of history at the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

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