The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord

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Not satisfied with the commonly held notion that early colonial farmers brought ecological degradation to the Concord area, Donahue harbored his thoughts for many years, in the meantime pursuing both academic studies in history and the running of a nonprofit community farm. Then, in the late 1980s, Geographic Information Systems mapping came along, and he could make the maps of his dreams of landholdings and topography over time. He finds that those early farmers nurtured a sustainable ecological balance and that the problems in the environment began with changing economic and social forces in the 19th century. Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Also available by Brian Donahue: Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town

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"In this extraordinary work, Brian Donahue reconstructs in minute and fascinating detail the interactions of people and ecosystems in colonial New England. There is no environmental history quite like it."--William Cronon, author of Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England; "Donahue knows this small New England place through the very soles of his feet. A lovely, sharp-eyed, and affectionate history of humans and nature in an America we have lost."-Donald Worster, author of Nature's Economy

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