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Conservation in the Progressive Era : Classic Texts - David Stradling

Conservation in the Progressive Era

Classic Texts

By: David Stradling, William Cronon (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st February 2004
ISBN: 9780295983752
Number Of Pages: 112
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Conservation was the first nationwide political movement in American history to grapple with environmental problems like waste, pollution, resource exhaustion, and sustainability. At its height, the conservation movement was a critical aspect of the broader reforms undertaken in the Progressive Era (1890-1910), as the rapidly industrializing nation struggled to protect human health, natural beauty, and "national efficiency." This highly effective Progressive Era movement was distinct from earlier conservation efforts and later environmentalist reforms.

Conservation in the Progressive Era places conservation in historical context, using the words of participants in and opponents to the movement. Together, the documents collected here reveal the various and sometimes conflicting uses of the term "conservation" and the contested nature of the reforms it described.

This collection includes classic texts by such well-known figures as Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, and John Muir, as well as texts from lesser-known but equally important voices that are often overlooked in environmental studies: those of rural communities, women, and the working class. These lively selections provoke unexpected questions and ideas about many of the significant environmental issues facing us today.

Stradling's selections are well chosen. Throughout the book he mixes the pro and the con, the technocratic and the popular, and a wide-cross section of topics. For this reason and its brevity, Stradling's collection is well suited for the classroom. Anyone with an interest in the environmental values of the progressive era should read this work as well. It will be time well spent.


Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 3
Defining and Debating Conservationp. 17
"Principles of Conservation"p. 19
"Special Message from the President of the United States"p. 23
"The Miracle of Irrigation"p. 28
"What Is Meant by Conservation?"p. 32
"The Other Side of Conservation"p. 35
"Another National Blunder"p. 39
Perspectives on Wildlife Conservationp. 43
"American Game Protection: A Sketch"p. 45
"Keep on Pedaling!"p. 49
Our Vanishing Wild Life: Its Extermination and Preservationp. 51
"The Education of a Young Pioneer in the Northern Adirondacks"p. 53
The Utility of "Conservation"p. 57
"Conservation of Our Natural Resources"p. 59
"Shall We Have Ugly Conservation?"p. 61
"Civic Improvement"p. 64
"National Vitality, Its Wastes and Conservation"p. 66
Conservation by Sanitation: Air and Water Supply, Disposal of Wastep. 70
Smoke and Conservation in the Cityp. 73
"An Address on the Smoke Problem"p. 75
"Smoke Abatement in St. Louis"p. 78
"The Cure for the Smoke Evil"p. 80
"Smoke Abatement: A Report on Recent Investigations Made at Washington University"p. 82
Conservation, Preservation, and Hetch Hetchyp. 85
"Water Supply for the Cities About the Bay of San Francisco"p. 87
"Proposed Destruction of Hetch-Hetchy"p. 91
"Hetch Hetchy Valley"p. 94
Bibliographical Essayp. 103
Indexp. 107
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ISBN: 9780295983752
ISBN-10: 0295983752
Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
For Grades: 17+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st February 2004
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.55  x 0.81
Weight (kg): 0.19