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  • The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection

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  • Acknowledgments  ix

    Introduction  1

    Part I. The Impetus for Change

    1. Key Concepts Informing Early Conservation Thought  9

    2. Wealthy People and the City: An Ambivalent Relationship  32

    Part II. Manliness, Womanhood, Wealth, and Sport

    3. Wealth, Manliness, and Exploring the Outdoors: Racial and Gender Dynamics  51

    4. Wealth, Women, and Outdoor Pursuits  83

    5. People of Color: Access to and Control of Resources  109

    Part III. Wildlife Protection

    6. Sport Hunting, Scarcity, and Wildlife Protection  161

    7. Blaming Women, Immigrants, and Minorities for Bird Destruction  189

    8. Challenging Wildlife Regulations and Understanding the Business-Conservation Connections  224

    Part IV. Gender, Wealth, and Forest Conservation

    9. Rural Beautification and Forest Conservation: Gender, Class, and Corporate Dynamics  257

    10. Preservation, Conservation, and Business Interests Collide  290

    11. National Park Preservation, Racism, and Business Relations  328

    12. Nation Building, Racial Exclusion, and the Social Construction of Wildlands  350

    Conclusion  383

    Notes  399

    References  407

    Index  465
  • "This book counterbalances previous hagiographic portrayals of conservationists, examining and judging the past from the perspective of modern values but minimizing the contributions of scientists not part of the establishment. Nevertheless, the book should interest historians and naturalists. . . . Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty."

    "Taylor has produced an extremely helpful book that defines and contextualizes important laws, concepts, social groups, and people who participated, or were alienated by, the rising American conservation movement."

    "An important addition to the historiography of the American conservation movement. . . . [Taylor's] synthesis of the ideas of the conservation movement, and the depth that she adds with her discussions of race and exclusion, in particular, make this work an important one for an understanding of the environmental history of the United States."

    "Taylor accomplishes a transformative feat of scholarship. . . . She has authored a book that challenges the dominant interpretive frameworks of the field of environmental history and deserves a central place in introductory and  ntermediate environmental courses. Just as importantly, she illuminates the overlapping historical roots of our present environmental predicament."

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  • "This book counterbalances previous hagiographic portrayals of conservationists, examining and judging the past from the perspective of modern values but minimizing the contributions of scientists not part of the establishment. Nevertheless, the book should interest historians and naturalists. . . . Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty."

    "Taylor has produced an extremely helpful book that defines and contextualizes important laws, concepts, social groups, and people who participated, or were alienated by, the rising American conservation movement."

    "An important addition to the historiography of the American conservation movement. . . . [Taylor's] synthesis of the ideas of the conservation movement, and the depth that she adds with her discussions of race and exclusion, in particular, make this work an important one for an understanding of the environmental history of the United States."

    "Taylor accomplishes a transformative feat of scholarship. . . . She has authored a book that challenges the dominant interpretive frameworks of the field of environmental history and deserves a central place in introductory and  ntermediate environmental courses. Just as importantly, she illuminates the overlapping historical roots of our present environmental predicament."

  • "The Rise of the American Conservation Movement is a daunting, ambitious, and comprehensive presentation and analysis of U.S. environmental history like none other. Dorceta E. Taylor amasses a wealth of data, including rich and moving biographies of people across the racial, class, and gender spectrum who played critical roles in shaping environmental thought and action in this country. This book will inspire you to reconsider nearly everything you think you know about environmental history." — David Naguib Pellow, Dehlsen Professor of Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

    "Pulling together a quarter-century of groundbreaking work, Dorceta E. Taylor unearths, documents, and examines the disproportionate price that low-income communities and people of color pay for our environmental ills. She lays bare the failings of our government and the environmental community to adequately address the inequities at the heart of widespread environmental injustice. And she shows how we can confront those shortcomings, strengthen the environmental safety net, and improve the quality of our democracy by making this movement look, think, and sound more like the nation it serves." — Rhea Suh, president, the Natural Resources Defense Council

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    In this sweeping social history Dorceta E. Taylor examines the emergence and rise of the multifaceted U.S. conservation movement from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. She shows how race, class, and gender influenced every aspect of the movement, including the establishment of parks; campaigns to protect wild game, birds, and fish; forest conservation; outdoor recreation; and the movement's links to nineteenth-century ideologies. Initially led by white urban elites—whose early efforts discriminated against the lower class and were often tied up with slavery and the appropriation of Native lands—the movement benefited from contributions to policy making, knowledge about the environment, and activism by the poor and working class, people of color, women, and Native Americans. Far-ranging and nuanced, The Rise of the American Conservation Movement comprehensively documents the movement's competing motivations, conflicts, problematic practices, and achievements in new ways.

    About The Author(s)

    Dorceta E. Taylor is James E. Crowfoot Collegiate Professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Environment and the People in American Cities, 1600s–1900s: Disorder, Inequality, and Social Change, also published by Duke University Press, and Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility, and the editor of Environment and Social Justice: An International Perspective.
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