The State and Nature

The State and Nature : Voices Heard, Voices Unheard in America's Environmental Dialogue

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This anthology of 44 original readings--accompanied by substantial editorial commentary--traces a two-hundred year history of U.S. environmental policy, and links intellectual thought with political action. The readings--organized into seven historical eras--provide an historical dimension for understanding contemporary environmental politics and the implications for environmental policy. Beginning with such classics as James Madison's Federalist Paper #10 and Alexis deTocqueville's Democracy in America, it traces the gradual widening of this dialogue up to the present time. Readings cover a variety of topics (e.g., public lands, air and water pollution, property rights, energy, toxics, and population control) by a diverse range of voices, including elected political leaders as well as by a variety of intellectual leaders, including a number of important writers, thinkers, and political actors who are neglected in other volumes (e.g., Frederick Douglass, Margaret Sanger, and several American presidents, from Thomas Jefferson to Ronald Reagan). For those interested in Environmental Policy and American Environmental more

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  • Paperback | 357 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Pearson Education
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130289086
  • 9780130289087

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Introduction. I. “THE LAND WAS OURS BEFORE WE WERE THE LAND'S”: FORMATION OF THE REPUBLIC, 1780-1840. 1. James Madison (1751-1836). The Mischiefs of Faction. 2. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). An Immensity of Land. A Rising Nation. 3. Andrew Jackson (1767-1845). The Policy of the General Government Toward the Red Man Is Not Only Liberal, but Generous. 4. George Catlin (1796-1872). A Nation's Park! 5. Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859). The Principle of Association. 6. Frederick Douglass (c. 1818-1895). Gone, Gone, Sold and Gone to the Rice Swamp Dank and Lone. Discussion Questions. II. “GO WEST, YOUNG MAN, GO FORTH INTO THE COUNTRY”: MANIFEST DESTINY AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, 1840-1900. 7. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864). But, Hark! There Is the Whistle of the Locomotive. 8. Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903). The People's Park at Birkenhead. 9. Chief Seattle (1788-1866). My People Are Ebbing Away Like a Fast-Receding Tide. 10. George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882). Man Is Everywhere a Disturbing Agent. 11. William Graham Sumner (1840-1910). Nature [Is] a Hard-Fisted Step-Mother. 12. John Wesley Powell (1834-1902). A System of Counties by Drainage Basins. Discussion Questions. III. “CONSERVATION IS A GREAT MORAL ISSUE”: FROM THE PROGRESSIVE ERA TO THE GREAT DEPRESSION, 1900-1932. 13. Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919). There Must Be the Look Ahead. The Property of the Unborn Generations. 14. Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946). Principles of Conservation. 15. John Muir (1849-1914). Dam Hetch Hetchy! As Well Dam…the People's Cathedrals. 16. Arthur Bentley (1870-1957). When the Groups Are Adequately Stated, Everything Is Stated. 17. Alice Hamilton (1869-1970). The Prevention of Industrial Poisoning. 18. John Dewey (1859-1952). The Eclipse of the Public. 19. Margaret Sanger (1879-1966). My Fight for Birth Control. Discussion Questions. IV. “THERE IS NOTHING SO AMERICAN AS OUR NATIONAL PARKS”: THE GREAT DEPRESSION, THE NEW DEAL, AND WORLD WAR II, 1932-1945. 20. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945). The Splendid Public Purpose. Sunday Sermon. 21. John Steinbeck (1902-1968). The Grapes of Wrath. 22. David Lilienthal (1899-1981). Regional Pillars of Decentralization. 23. J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967). A Change in the Nature of the World. Discussion Questions. V. “WHAT WAS GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY WAS GOOD FOR GENERAL MOTORS, AND VICE VERSA”: POSTWAR AMERICA, 1945-1961. 24. Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998). The Truth of the River Is the Grass. 25. Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). Thinking Like a Mountain. The Land Ethic. 26. Arthur Maass (1917- ) and Harold L. Ickes (1874-1952). That Amazing American Phenomenon, the Pork Barrel. Adjustment of Group Interests. 27. John Kenneth Galbraith (1908- ). The Theory of Consumer Demand. 28. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969). The Military-Industrial Complex. Discussion Questions. VI. “FLOWER POWER”: THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT IN FULL BLOOM, 1961-1980. 29. Rachel Carson (1907-1964). It Was a Spring without Voices. 30. Garrett Hardin (1915- ). Freedom in a Commons Brings Ruin to All. 31. Paul Ehrlich (1932- ). Population Control Is the Only Answer. 32. Cesar Chavez (1927-1993). We Are Not Beasts of Burden…We Are Men. 33. Barry Commoner (1917- ). To Survive, We Must Close the Circle. 34. William O. Douglas (1898-1980). The Voice of the Inanimate Object Should Not Be Stilled. 35. Vine Deloria, Jr (1933- ). The American Indian Movement. 36. Tom McCall (1913-1983). Visit Oregon, but Don't Stay! 37. James Earl Carter (1924- ). The Energy Crisis Is Real. It Is Worldwide. 38. Theodore J. Lowi (1931- ). The Whole Universe Is Covered by the EPA's Jurisdiction. Discussion Questions. VII. “THINGS FALL APART; THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD”: CONSERVATIVE CHALLENGES AND LIBERAL COUNTER-ATTACKS, 1980-2001. 39. Ronald Reagan (1911- ). The American Sound. 40. Dixy Lee Ray (1914-1994). Faust's Salvation. 41. Robert D. Bullard (1946- ). No Environmental Justice without Social Justice. 42. Edward O. Wilson (1929- ). The Age of Restoration. 43. Albert Gore, Jr (1948- ). It Is Time We Steered by the Stars. 44. Jeffrey Berry (1948- ). The Power of Environmentalism. Discussion Questions. Selected more

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