The Individual in History: Environmental Movement

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This resource guide in The Individual in History series uses defining moments in environmental activism to explore the impact of the individual on American history.


Case studies focusing on two defining moments in American environmentalism, one centered on the environmentalists who were a part of the progressive movement and another centered on 60s activist and author, Rachel Carson

A detailed chronology highlighting key events in the history of environmental activism in the United States, from the colonial era to the transcendentalist movement to An Inconvenient Truth

Essays from scholar Adam Sowards, assistant professor of history and director of the Institute for Pacific Northwest Studies at University of Idaho, that offer a foundation of knowledge about significant individuals, events, and issues

Over 140 primary and secondary sources, including excerpts from environmental books and publications, paintings, biographies, overviews of events, government acts, historic photographs, and quotes from leading activists

Ready-made handouts that support the activities, which include student questionnaires, document analysis of the writings of John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, and Henry David Thoreau; simulated debate over the use of Hetch Hetchy Valley; source analysis of Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring; and a poster gallery in which students examine issues and take a stance

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With current focus on global warming debates and recycling movements, it may be surprising that the preservation of the American environment is an idea that has been advocated since the arrival of the first settlers. Investigating some extraordinary individuals and groups from the 19th century onward offers students the opportunity to explore the impact one person can make and to understand how the environmental movement fits in the overall fabric of American history.

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