The Resource Down to earth : nature's role in American history, Ted Steinberg

Down to earth : nature's role in American history, Ted Steinberg

Label
Down to earth : nature's role in American history
Title
Down to earth
Title remainder
nature's role in American history
Statement of responsibility
Ted Steinberg
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this text, the author, an environmental historian offers a history of the United States, a history that, for the first time, places the environment at the very center of the narrative. This new edition reenvisions the story of America "from the ground up." It reveals how focusing on plants, animals, climate, and other ecological factors can radically change the way that we think about the past. Examining such familiar topics as colonization, the industrial revolution, slavery, the Civil War, and the emergence of consumer culture, the author recounts how the natural world influenced the course of human history. From the colonists' attempts to impose order on the land to modern efforts to sell the wilderness as a consumer good, he reminds readers that many critical episodes in U.S. history were, in fact, environmental events. The text highlights the ways in which Americans have attempted to reshape and control nature, from Thomas Jefferson's surveying plan, which divided the national landscape into a grid, to the transformation of animals, crops, and even water into commodities. The second edition contains a revised and updated section on the twentieth century, and introduces a timely new theme, the rise of the corporation. By addressing the ways in which nature functions in the world of big business, as well as the efforts by environmentalists to combat corporate power, the author provides a richer understanding of consumerism
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Steinberg, Theodore
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GF27
LC item number
.S85 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Human ecology
  • Philosophy of nature
  • Human beings
  • Humanökologie
  • Naturgefühl
  • Umweltbewusstsein
  • Ecology
  • Human beings
  • Human ecology
  • Philosophy of nature
  • Humanökologie
  • Naturgefühl
  • Umweltbewusstsein
  • United States
  • USA
  • United States
  • USA
Label
Down to earth : nature's role in American history, Ted Steinberg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-349) and index
Contents
Prologue: Rocks and history -- Part one: Chaos to simplicity -- 1 Wilderness under fire -- 2 A truly new world -- 3 Reflections from a woodlot -- Part two: Rationalization and its discontents -- A world of commodities -- 5 King Climate in Dixie -- 6 The great food fight -- 7 Extracting the New South -- 8 The unforgiving West -- 9 Conservation reconsidered -- 10 Death of the organic city -- Part three: Consuming nature --11 Moveable feast -- 12 The secret history of meat -- 13 America in black and green -- 14 Throwaway society -- 15 Shades of green -- 16 In corporations we trust
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
xvi, 368 p.
Isbn
9780195331820
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007053000
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)187417739
  • (OCoLC)ocn187417739
Label
Down to earth : nature's role in American history, Ted Steinberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-349) and index
Contents
Prologue: Rocks and history -- Part one: Chaos to simplicity -- 1 Wilderness under fire -- 2 A truly new world -- 3 Reflections from a woodlot -- Part two: Rationalization and its discontents -- A world of commodities -- 5 King Climate in Dixie -- 6 The great food fight -- 7 Extracting the New South -- 8 The unforgiving West -- 9 Conservation reconsidered -- 10 Death of the organic city -- Part three: Consuming nature --11 Moveable feast -- 12 The secret history of meat -- 13 America in black and green -- 14 Throwaway society -- 15 Shades of green -- 16 In corporations we trust
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
xvi, 368 p.
Isbn
9780195331820
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2007053000
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)187417739
  • (OCoLC)ocn187417739

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