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Main Title The republic of nature : an environmental history of the United States /
Author Fiege, Mark.
Publisher University of Washington Press,
Year Published 2012
OCLC Number 747713180
ISBN 9780295991672 (cloth : alk. paper); 0295991674 (cloth : alk. paper)
Subjects Human ecology--United States--History. ; Nature--Effect of human beings on--United States--History. ; United States--Environmental conditions.
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EOAM  GF503.F54 2012 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 01/07/2013
Collation xii, 584 p. : ill., plans ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 509-556) and index.
Contents Notes
"In the dramatic narratives that comprise The Republic of Nature, Mark Fiege reframes the canonical account of American history based on the simple but radical premise that nothing in the nation's past can be considered apart from the natural circumstances in which it occurred. Revisiting historical icons so familiar that schoolchildren learn to take them for granted, he makes surprising connections that enable readers to see old stories in a new light. Among the historical moments revisited here, a revolutionary nation arises from its environment and struggles to reconcile the diversity of its people with the claim that nature is the source of liberty. Abraham Lincoln, an unlettered citizen from the countryside, steers the Union through a moment of extreme peril, guided by his clear-eyed vision of nature's capacity for improvement. In Topeka, Kansas, transformations of land and life prompt a lawsuit that culminates in the momentous civil rights case of Brown v. Board of Education. By focusing on materials and processes intrinsic to all things and by highlighting the nature of the United States, Fiege recovers the forgotten and overlooked ground on which so much history has unfolded. In these pages, the nation's birth and development, pain and sorrow, ideals and enduring promise come to life as never before, making a once-familiar past seem new. The Republic of Nature points to a startlingly different version of history that calls on readers to reconnect with fundamental forces that shaped the American experience."--pub. desc.