American Wilderness A New History

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  • Copyright: 2007-03-08
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This collected volume of original essays proposes to address the state of scholarship on the political, cultural, and intellectual history of Americans responses to wilderness from first contact to the present. While not bringing a synthetic narrative to wilderness, the volume will gather competing interpretations of wilderness in historical context.

Author Biography

Michael Lewis is Associate Professor of History, Salisbury University

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
American Wilderness: An Introductionp. 3
American Wilderness and First Contactp. 15
Religion "Irradiates" the Wildernessp. 35
Farm against Forestp. 55
Natural History, Romanticism, and Thoreaup. 73
The Fate of Wilderness in American Landscape Art: The Dilemmas of "Nature's Nation"p. 91
Wilderness Parks and Their Discontentsp. 113
A Sylvan Prospect: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and Early Twentieth-Century Conservationismp. 131
Gender and Wilderness Conservationp. 149
Putting Wilderness in Context: The Interwar Origins of the Modern Wilderness Ideap. 167
Loving the Wild in Postwar Americap. 187
Wilderness and Conservation Sciencep. 205
Creating Wild Places from Domesticated Landscapes: The Internationalization of the American Wilderness Conceptp. 223
The Politics of Modern Wildernessp. 243
Epilogue: Nature, Liberty, and Equalityp. 263
Recommended Readingsp. 273
Indexp. 281
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