A Companion to American Environmental History gathers together a comprehensive collection of over 30 essays that examine the evolving and diverse field of American environmental history.
Provides a complete historiography of American environmental historyBrings the field up-to-date to reflect the latest trends and encourages new directions for the fieldIncludes the work of path-breaking environmental historians, from the founders of the field, to contributions from innovative young scholarsTakes stock of the discipline through five topically themed parts, with essays ranging from American Indian Environmental Relations to Cities and Suburbs
Douglas Cazaux Sackman is James Dolliver NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at the University of Puget Sound. His publications include Wild Men: Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern America (2010) and Orange Empire: California and the Fruits of Eden (2005), winner of the 2006 Martin Ridge Award. He is currently working on a new book entitled American Panorama: Rediscovering the History of the American West.
Notes on Contributors viii Introduction xiii Part I The Elements of Environmental History 1 1 Paths Toward Home: Landmarks of the Field in Environmental History 3Louis S. Warren 2 Air 33Nancy Langston 3 The Living Earth: History, Darwinian Evolution, and the Grasslands 51Donald Worster 4 Fire 69Stephen J. Pyne 5 Water 92Rebecca Solnit Part II Nature and the Construction of Society and Identity 97 6 Race and US Environmental History 99Colin Fisher 7 Gender 116Susan R. Schrepfer and Douglas Cazaux Sackman 8 Class 146Chad Montrie 9 Body Counts: Tracking the Human Body Through Environmental History 163Neil M. Maher Part III The Nature of American Culture 181 10 From Wilderness to Hybrid Landscapes: The Cultural Turn in Environmental History 183Richard White 11 American Indian Environmental Relations 191David Rich Lewis 12 Cultures of Nature: To ca. 1810 214Matthew Dennis 13 Cultures of Nature: Nineteenth Century 246Aaron Sachs 14 Cultures of Nature: Twentieth Century 266Finis Dunaway 15 From Wilderness Prophets to Tool Freaks: Post-World War II Environmentalism 285Andrew Kirk 16 The Black Box in the Garden: Consumers and the Environment 304Tom McCarthy Part IV Contact Zones: Americans Conjoining the Natural World 325 17 Flora 327Frieda Knobloch 18 Fauna: A Prospectus for Evolutionary History 345Edmund Russell 19 Water Development: The Plot Thickens 375Patty Limerick 20 Rich Crevices of Inquiry: Mining and Environmental History 394Katherine G. Morrissey 21 Who Cares About Forests? How Forest History Matters 410Ellen Stroud 22 Cultivating an Agro-Environmental History 425Sara M. Gregg 23 Oceans: Fusing the History of Science and Technology with Environmental History 442Helen M. Rozwadowski 24 Cities and Suburbs 462Chris Sellers 25 Energy and Transportation 482Brian Black 26 The Global Ecological Reach of the United States: Exporting Capital and Importing Commodities 505Richard P. Tucker 27 Food 529Douglas Cazaux Sackman Part V Outside of the Grid: Place, Borders, and Scale 551 28 Blinded by History: The Geographic Dimension of Environment and Society 553Richard Walker and Sarah Thomas 29 The Northeastern Pacifi c Basin: An Environmental Approach to Seascapes and Littoral Places 579David Igler 30 Earthlings: Evolution and Place in Environmental History 595Dan Flores 31 "Most Fruitful Results": Transborder Approaches to Canadian-American Environmental History 615Ted Binnema 32 Seeing Beyond Our Borders: US and Non-US Historiographies 635Paul Sutter Index 653