The Rise of the American Conservation Movement

The Rise of the American Conservation Movement

Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection

Book - 2016
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In this sweeping social history Dorceta E. Taylor examines the emergence and rise of the multifaceted U.S. conservation movement from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. She shows how race, class, and gender influenced every aspect of the movement, including the establishment of parks; campaigns to protect wild game, birds, and fish; forest conservation; outdoor recreation; and the movement's links to nineteenth-century ideologies. Initially led by white urban elites--whose early efforts discriminated against the lower class and were often tied up with slavery and the appropriation of Native lands--the movement benefited from contributions to policy making, knowledge about the environment, and activism by the poor and working class, people of color, women, and Native Americans.
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2016
ISBN: 9780822361985
Characteristics: 486 pages ; 23 cm


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Nov 07, 2016

I really enjoyed this book as someone who visits National Parks and Forests and engages to get other People of Color outdoors specifically Blacks. Like much of American history, this book does a great job highlighting how race, gender, class, and politics intersected to shape our environmental landscape. I learned some fascinating facts about my home state of Arkansas to understanding the difference between conservation and preservation to using Eugenics to isolate non-Whites from accessing the parks system, etc. I highly recommend given issue at Standing Rock, water crisis in Flint, etc.


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