Dispossessing the Wilderness

Dispossessing the Wilderness : Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks

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This book examines the ideal of wilderness preservation in the United States from the antebellum era to the first half of the twentieth century, showing how the early conception of the wilderness as the place where Indians lived (or should live) gave way to the idealization of uninhabited wilderness. It focuses on specific policies of Indian removal developed at Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Glacier national parks from the early 1870s to the 1930s.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 249.47g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 12 halftones, 1 line figure, 3 maps
  • 0195142438
  • 9780195142433
  • 1,158,433

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Adding to recent scholarship exploring the cultural construction of nature, this succinct study opens up new areas of research in park service scholarship and paves the way for a more comprehensive study of the role and place of Native Americans in the national parks * The Historian * Dispossessing the Wilderness has many virtues. Accurate, detailed accounts of the creation of Yellowstone and Glacier national parks rest on solid research, as does the story at Yosemite. * The Journal of American History *
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About Mark David Spence

Mark David Spence is Assistant Professor of History at Knox College, Illinois.
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