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First Along the River provides students with a balanced, historical perspective on the history of the environmental movement in relation to major social and political events in U.S. history, from the pre-colonial era to the present. The book highlights important people and events, places critical concepts in context, and shows the impact of government, industry, and population on the American landscape. Comprehensive yet brief, First Along the River discusses the religious and philosophical beliefs that shaped Americans' relationship to the environment, traces the origins and development of government regulations that impact Americans' use of natural resources, and shows why popular environmental groups were founded and how they changed over time. The fourth edition includes up-to-date coverage of the environmental movement and developments since 2000, including the second term of George W. Bush and the administration of Barack Obama.
Benjamin Kline is professor in both the social science and intercultural studies divisions at De Anza College.
Table of Contents
|Philosophical Foundations||p. 5|
|Biblical Justification for Dominating Nature||p. 5|
|Seeking New Land||p. 8|
|Rational Nature of the World||p. 10|
|Social and Political Thought in the Eighteenth Century||p. 13|
|The 1400s through the 1700s: Inhabiting a New Land||p. 17|
|Native Americans as Prototypical Environmentalists||p. 18|
|Early Colonial Environmental Attitudes||p. 21|
|The Early 1800s: Destroying the Frontier||p. 29|
|Manifest Destiny||p. 30|
|Domesticating the Wilderness||p. 32|
|Final Conquest of the West||p. 35|
|Renewed Interest in Nature||p. 38|
|The Late 1880s: Building an Industrial Nation||p. 43|
|Population Growth and Consumerism||p. 43|
|Devastating the Land||p. 47|
|Overconsumption of Natural Resources||p. 48|
|Voices for Nature||p. 52|
|The 1900s through the 1930s: Beginnings of the Conservation Movement||p. 59|
|Conservation during the Progressive Era||p. 60|
|Environmental Decay during the Roaring Twenties||p. 68|
|Conservation Policies under Roosevelt's New Deal||p. 72|
|The 1940s through the 1960s: Prelude to the Green Decade||p. 79|
|Environmental Costs of Scientific Progress in the 1940s||p. 80|
|The Conservative 1950s||p. 81|
|Emerging Voices in the 1960s||p. 82|
|The Environmental Movement Begins to Mobilize||p. 87|
|The 1970s: The Conservation Movement Matures||p. 95|
|Mainstream and Alternative Environmental Groups||p. 96|
|New Environmental Legislation||p. 103|
|Jimmy Carter and the Envirocrats||p. 107|
|The 1980s: A Conservative Backlash||p. 113|
|Ronald Reagan's Environmental Deregulation||p. 114|
|George Bush as the Environmental President||p. 117|
|Employment versus the Environment||p. 120|
|Environmental Groups Actions and Reactions||p. 121|
|International Environmental Concern||p. 123|
|The Early 1990s: Government Retrenchment and Public Apathy||p. 129|
|Environmental Optimism under Bill Clinton||p. 129|
|A Growing Countermovement||p. 131|
|A Green Revival||p. 133|
|A Conservative Resurgence||p. 138|
|The Late 1990s: The Institutionalization of the Environmental Movement||p. 147|
|Clinton's Moderate Environmental Approach||p. 148|
|Growing Public Concern||p. 152|
|New Activism||p. 156|
|Congressional Action and Inaction||p. 159|
|The Global Future of the Environmental Movement||p. 164|
|The Environmental Movement in the Post 9/11 World: 2000-2010||p. 171|
|George W. Bush||p. 171|
|Bush and Changing Regulations||p. 174|
|The Debate and the Gamble||p. 176|
|Barack Obama: The Presidency of 'Change'||p. 177|
|The Environment and the Presidential Election of 2008||p. 178|
|Obama and the Environment||p. 179|
|Pros and Cons||p. 183|
|The BP Oil Spill Disaster||p. 186|
|Bibliography and Suggested Readings||p. 209|
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