By Douglas Cazaux Sackman
A spouse to American Environmental History gathers jointly a finished selection of over 30 essays that study the evolving and various box of yankee environmental history.
- Provides an entire historiography of yankee environmental history
- Brings the sphere updated to mirror the most recent developments and encourages new instructions for the field
- Includes the paintings of path-breaking environmental historians, from the founders of the sector, to contributions from leading edge younger scholars
- Takes inventory of the self-discipline via 5 topically themed components, with essays starting from American Indian Environmental family members to towns and Suburbs
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After decades of struggle to expand wilderness areas, activists persuaded Congress to pass the Wilderness Act of 1964, thereby securing more “primitive” landscapes as recreational retreats and ecological reserves – as places where one could escape not only the city, but the car and its attendant roads, gas stations, traffic, noise, and exhaust (Harvey 2007). California’s ongoing love triangle between the car and the mountain perhaps helps to explain some peculiarities of its political ecology. The state that has one of the nation’s most urbanized populations also has what is arguably the greatest dependence on the automobile; Californians consume more gasoline and diesel fuel than any country in the world except the United States itself (California Energy Commission 2007: 11).
One long day of hiking will get you from the base of Mt. Ritter to the trailhead at Reds Meadows. There you catch the shuttle bus back to town, PAT H S T O WA R D H O M E 23 where you parked your car. As you wait for the shuttle, cars and trucks occasionally roll past on the road. Strange to see cars after days away from them, stranger still to ride a bus after hiking so many miles. This tension between driving and hiking can easily obscure how profoundly connected they are. The car is in a sense a parent to this and every other modern wilderness area.
Despite the rural poverty that rolls in waves around each shuttered sawmill, in the cities there is no shortage of wood. When California timber disappeared from markets, builders went right on making homes, office parks, apartments, and the furniture that fills them by cutting forests that are out of state and conveniently out of sight. The old-growth, boreal forests of Canada have been clearcut in some places to meet the demand. In 2001, Canada shipped enough wood to the US to build a city the size of San Diego (Knudson 2003).
A Companion to American Environmental History by Douglas Cazaux Sackman