Northeast and Midwest United States: An Environmental History

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ABC-CLIO, 2005 - 323 pages
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An engaging, personalized look at the interplay between people and nature in the northeastern and midwestern United States, from prehistory to the present.


The Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States provide a fascinating case study for the emergent field of environmental history. These regions, with their varied resources, were central to the early economic success of the nation. Consequently, the early industries in these regions altered and depleted the landscape as people changed their locations and occupations. Fishing and whaling on the northeastern coast have given way to tourism and sailing. The great stands of timber around the Great Lakes have been replaced by farms and dairies. The textile mills, powered by the falls of the Piedmont and once yielding wealth, now stand empty.

That humans shape their environment and, in turn, must respond to the consequences is broadly obvious. Using the voices of historical figures, both notable and obscure, this book brings to life the interaction between humans and their environments and illustrates the consequences of those interactions. Part of ABC-CLIO's unique Nature and Human Societies series, this book enables readers to better understand humanity's effect on the environment.


  • Maps and photographs show environmental regions, population movement, and changes to the environment by humans
  • Separate listing of primary sources for all chapter topics, along with a bibliography and glossary

 

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Contents

THE PEOPLE AND PLACE BEFORE COLUMBUS
1
FIRST ENCOUNTERS
23
GOODS TRADE MILLS AND DAMS
55
MOVING WEST THE INTERIOR
77
MILLS TOWNS AND CITIES
111
POLLUTION AND HEALTH
147
PROTECTING THE PLACE
179
Important People Events and Concepts
217
Chronology
243
Documents
249
Bibliography
291
Index
305
About the Author
323
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John T. Cumbler, Ph.D., is professor of history at the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

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