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The careers and concepts of 4 figures of enormous value within the background of yankee conservation—George Perkins Marsh, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John Wesley Powell—are explored in A observe for Nature. Robert Dorman deals full of life pix of every of those early environmental advocates, who witnessed firsthand the effect of monetary enlargement and business revolution on fragile landscapes from the forests of latest England to the mountains of the West. through analyzing the nineteenth-century international during which the 4 males lived—its society, economic climate, politics, and culture—Dorman sheds gentle at the roots of yank environmentalism. He offers an outline of the early a long time of either source conservation and desert renovation, discussing how Marsh, Thoreau, Muir, and Powell helped outline the problems that all started altering the nation's attitudes towards its setting 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 quarter demonstrate their authors' impression on environmental proposal and politics even as much as the current day.

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Dyes and waste products from the new factories polluted rivers and streams. Wildlife and fisheries were depleted as they were fished or hunted out and their habitats were destroyed. Above all, the forests most visibly registered the consequences of the antebellum economic transformation. Sawmills dotted the landscape everywhere. Wood was utilized for building purposes, and it remained the principal source of heat and fuel for most Americans throughout the period. Huge amounts of wood were needed to construct railroadsan estimated 2,500 wooden ties per mile.

I wish to express my gratitude to John L. Thomas, Lewis Bateman, Donald J. Pisani, Richard Lowitt, Paul Gilje, James T. Patterson, and Robert E. Cook. The history departments at the University of Oklahoma, Brown University, and the University of New Mexico all helped to make this book possible. My parents, Jack and Sybil Dorman, and my grandmother, Alta Dorman, were very helpful and supportive, especially in the earliest stages of writing. Discussions with my wife, Sarah, improved the book's argument, as did her skills as an editor.

Cook. The history departments at the University of Oklahoma, Brown University, and the University of New Mexico all helped to make this book possible. My parents, Jack and Sybil Dorman, and my grandmother, Alta Dorman, were very helpful and supportive, especially in the earliest stages of writing. Discussions with my wife, Sarah, improved the book's argument, as did her skills as an editor. This book is dedicated to her.  .  . is to be regarded as essentially a destructive power. Man and Nature George Perkins Marsh (Courtesy of the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress) Page 5 It was in 1797 that Charles Marsh first constructed the bridge which would be washed away time and again by floods during the boyhood of his son, George.

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