The Resource Vanishing America : Species Extinction, Racial Peril, and the Origins of Conservation, Miles A. Powell

Vanishing America : Species Extinction, Racial Peril, and the Origins of Conservation, Miles A. Powell

Label
Vanishing America : Species Extinction, Racial Peril, and the Origins of Conservation
Title
Vanishing America
Title remainder
Species Extinction, Racial Peril, and the Origins of Conservation
Statement of responsibility
Miles A. Powell
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Putting a provocative new slant on the history of U.S. conservation, Vanishing America reveals how wilderness preservation efforts became entangled with racial anxieties-specifically the fear that forces of modern civilization, unless checked, would sap white America's vigor and stamina. Nineteenth-century citizens of European descent widely believed that Native Americans would eventually vanish from the continent. Indian society was thought to be tied to the wilderness, and the manifest destiny of U.S. westward expansion, coupled with industry's ever-growing hunger for natural resources, presaged the disappearance of Indian peoples. Yet, as the frontier drew to a close, some naturalists chronicling the loss of animal and plant populations began to worry that white Americans might soon share the Indians' presumed fate. Miles Powell explores how early conservationists such as George Perkins Marsh, William Temple Hornaday, and Aldo Leopold became convinced that the continued vitality of America's "Nordic" and "Anglo-Saxon" races depended on preserving the wilderness. Fears over the destiny of white Americans drove some conservationists to embrace scientific racism, eugenics, and restrictive immigration laws. Although these activists laid the groundwork for the modern environmental movement and its many successes, the consequences of their racial anxieties persist
Cataloging source
DE-B1597
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Powell, Miles A
Government publication
other
Language note
In English
LC call number
GE197
LC item number
.P686 2016
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Environmentalism
  • Environmentalism
  • Extinction (Biology)
  • Racism
Target audience
specialized
Label
Vanishing America : Species Extinction, Racial Peril, and the Origins of Conservation, Miles A. Powell
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Epilogue. De-Extinction
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Introduction. A Nation's Park, Containing Man and Beast
  • 1. Surviving Progress
  • 2. Preserving the Frontier
  • 3. A Line of Unbroken Descent
  • 4. The Last of Her Tribe
  • 5. Dead of Its Own Too-Much
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674972957
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/9780674972957
Other physical details
26 halftones
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)479810
  • (OCoLC)984665782
  • (DE-B1597)9780674972957
Label
Vanishing America : Species Extinction, Racial Peril, and the Origins of Conservation, Miles A. Powell
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Epilogue. De-Extinction
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Introduction. A Nation's Park, Containing Man and Beast
  • 1. Surviving Progress
  • 2. Preserving the Frontier
  • 3. A Line of Unbroken Descent
  • 4. The Last of Her Tribe
  • 5. Dead of Its Own Too-Much
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674972957
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/9780674972957
Other physical details
26 halftones
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)479810
  • (OCoLC)984665782
  • (DE-B1597)9780674972957

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