First Along the River: A Brief History of the U.S. Environmental Movement

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011 - History - 227 pages
"First Along the River provides a concise, updated introduction to U.S. environmental history. An excellent supplement for any student of the subject."---"Bob Buerger, professor of environmental studies, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

"Benjamin Kline's work is remarkable because of its depth and breadth in covering the topics, but also because of its brevity and accessibility to students....[T]he book is a valuable addition to classes on environmental policy, as it enables students to ground ongoing efforts to grapple with difficult environmental problems within longer-term economic and social trends."---Rick Welsh, professor of sociology, Clarkson University

"I find this a very useful text for an introductory course that I teach called `Environment and People.' It is clear and straightforward, and yet it is not overly simplified....[T]he book provides an excellent overview for introductory courses on environmental history, politics, and policy."---Jane A. Grant, professor of public and environmental affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne

"A truly unique work, accessible to all, that demonstrates the common property nature of our global environment and its unwitting exploitation in the not-so-common interest. A good U.S. environmental history supplement for any environmentally oriented course."---John Stoll, professor of economics, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

"An extraordinary book that should be required reading for anyone interested in environmentalism and the future of our planet. From colonialism to the post-9/11 world, Kline provides a comprehensive, current, and approachable synthesis for anyone interested in environmentalism."---Torben C. Rick, professor of anthropology, Southern Methodist University

First Along the River provides students with a balanced perspective on the history of the environmental movement in relation to major social and political events in U.S. history, from the pre-colonial era to the present. The book highlights important people and events, places critical concepts in context, and shows the impact of government, industry, and population on the American landscape.

Comprehensive yet brief, First Along the River discusses the religious and philosophical beliefs that shaped Americans' relationship to the environment, traces the origins and development of government regulations that impact Americans' use of natural resources, and shows why popular environmental groups were founded and how they changed over time.

The fourth edition includes up-to-date coverage of the environmental movement and developments since 2000, including the second term of George W. Bush and the administration of Barack Obama.

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Chapter 1 Philosophical Foundations
Inhabiting a New Land
Destroying the Frontier
Building an Industrial Nation
Beginnings of the Conservation Movement
Prelude to the Green Decade
The Conservation Movement Matures
Government Retrenchment and Public Apathy
The Institutionalization of the Environmental Movement
Bibliography and Suggested Readings

A Conservative Backlash

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About the author (2011)

Benjamin Kline is professor in both the Social Science and Intercultural Studies Divisions at De Anza College.

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