The American Conservation Movement: John Muir and His Legacy

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1981 - History - 436 pages
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John Muir and His Legacy is at once a biography of this remarkable man--the first work to make unrestricted use of all of Muir's manuscripts and personal papers--and a history of the century-old fight to save the natural environment. Stephen Fox traces the conservation movement's diverse, colorful, and tumultuous history, from the successful campaign to establish Yosemite National Park in 1890 to the movement's present day concerns of nuclear waste and acid rain.
    Conservation has run a cyclical course, Fox contends, from its origins in the 1890s when it was the province of amateurs, to its takeover by professionals with quasi-scientific notions, and back, in the 1960s to its original impetus. Since then man's view of himself as "the last endangered species" has sparked an explosion of public interest in environmentalism.
    First published in 1981 by Little, Brown, this book was warmly received as both a biography of Muir and a history of the American conservation movement. It is now available in this new Wisconsin paperback edition.

  

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Contents

The Yosemite Prophet
3
Nature and the Biped Lord
27
A Proper Cultivated Plant
54
MM
70
THE AMERICAN CONSERVATION MOVEMENT 18901975
101
Wildlife Protectors 1900 1935
148
Franklin D Roosevelt and New Deal Conservation
183
Six FreeLancers
218
Muir Redux 19451965
250
The Last Endangered Species
291
MM
322
People and Politics
333
The Religion of Conservation
358
Acknowledgments 311
375
Index
429
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Stephen Fox is an independent scholar who lives in Massachusetts. He has written such highly praised books as "The Mirror Makers: A History of American Advertising and Its Creators" and "Blood and Power: Organized Crime in Twentieth-Century America.

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