Review by Choice Review
Editors Neimark and Mott's well-contrived collection of 146 primary documents examines and chronicles the evolution of environmental movements in the US. Based on historical perspective, documents range from government reports and court cases to writings of naturalists, economists, novelists, scientists, historians, and political figures, and stretch from Biblical times to biotechnologic issues of the 21st century. They show how these interests and related organizations evolved alongside changing social, economic, and political conditions. The broad array of perspectives includes major environmental issues such as population growth, air pollution, land and water use, toxins and waste disposal, and the use of timber and mining resources. The issues are portrayed in historical context: "Foundations of American Environmental Thought and Action"; "Politicians, Naturalists, and Artists in the New Nation, 1776-1840"; "The Origins of Environmental Activism, 1840-1890"; "The Conservation Movement Era, 1890-1920"; "Rethinking Our Relationship to Nature, 1920-1960"; "The Heyday of the Environmental Movement, 1960-1980"; and "Confronting Economic and Social Realities, 1980-2000." Each part has a historical introduction to provide context for analyzing the documents and to aid in better understanding the wide debates over the need to protect our environment. Appendixes with landmarks in US environmental legislation and major international agreements relating to the environment; explanatory notes; glossary; further reading. Highly recommended for undergraduates and up. J. H. Hunter; William Marsh Rice University
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New titles in the ongoing series. Each contains an average of more than 100 documents.
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