First Along the River is the first concise, accessible, and informative introduction to the U.S. environmental movement that covers the colonial period through 1999. It provides students with a balanced, historical perspective on the history of the environmental movement in relation to major social and political events in U.S. history. The book highlights important people and events, places critical concepts in context, and shows the impact of government, industry, and population on the American landscape. Comprehensive yet brief, First Along the River discusses the religious and philosophical beliefs that shaped Americans' relationship to the environment, traces the origins and development of government regulations that impact Americans' use of natural resources, and shows why popular environmental groups were founded and how they changed over time.
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Benjamin Kline is professor of history at DeAnza College.Review:
General readers will find the work engaging, and educators may employ the material as a complement to other texts. A fine supplement for courses including U.S. history, environmental studies, political science, and the humanities. (CHOICE)
Compact, well-written, accurate, and affordable.
Ideal for students who need such a clear overview of how environmental history unfolded.
[My students] feel that it really helps them to understand the political and social atmosphere in which the environmental movement evolved.
Should go a long way in informing a new generation of environmental activists about the mistakes that have come before and possibly show them why these mistakes should not be repeated.(The Earth Times)
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Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110965502953