Destroy to create; interaction with the natural environment in the building of America

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Excerpt from Preface: The readings in this volume, arranged in chronological fashion, try to capture the essential tension that existed between the dominant American view that nature was the handmaiden of man and the minority view that man was simply one member of the living world with no more rights than other living things. In most periods in American history, the dominant view had few rivals. The selections in this volume come from many different sources: travel reports, literary texts, legislative acts, and professional ecological analyses. Because this volume is an interdisciplinary effort, attempts have been made to represent multiple points of view on the broad subject of the American's interaction with his environment. Thus, there are readings that describe the thoughts, values, and beliefs of leading Americans towards nature as well as the actions taken by private enterprise and government agencies. Destroy to Create, the title of this volume captures the essential paradox and the tension that has resulted from this man-nature relationship, a relationship that continues to be both productive and destructive.

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