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An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century

Davis, Jack E.

ISBN 10: 082033071X / ISBN 13: 9780820330716
Published by Univ of Georgia Press, Athens, GA, 2009
Condition: As New Hardcover
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First printing. Blue cloth with green endpapers. 758 pages. Black & white photographic illustrations. Includes extensive Notes with bibliographical references; Index. ~~ The first comprehensive biography of this remarkable environmental activist who was one of the first pioneers in the conservation of the Everglades. Douglas (1890 -1998) was also a suffragist, a feminist, a champion of social justice, and an author of both fiction and nonfiction. This book details her activities and accomplishments in all of these areas, with emphasis on her lifetime goal of Everglades preservation, and the ups and downs of her personal life as well. An important work on this influential figure in Florida history. In archival cover. This bookseller's business name is a tribute to Douglas's seminal book about the Everglades, published in 1947, titled "The Everglades: River of Grass.". Bookseller Inventory # 001134

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Title: An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman ...

Publisher: Univ of Georgia Press, Athens, GA

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition

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No one did more than Marjory Stoneman Douglas to transform the Everglades from the country's most maligned swamp into its most beloved wetland. By the late twentieth century, her name and her classic The Everglades: River of Grass had become synonymous with Everglades protection. The crusading resolve and boundless energy of this implacable elder won the hearts of an admiring public while confounding her opponents―growth merchants intent on having their way with the Everglades. Douglas's efforts ultimately earned her a place among a mere handful of individuals honored as a namesake of a national wilderness area.

In the first comprehensive biography of Douglas, Jack E. Davis explores the 108-year life of this compelling woman. Douglas was more than an environmental activist. She was a suffragist, a lifetime feminist and supporter of the ERA, a champion of social justice, and an author of diverse literary talent. She came of age literally and professionally during the American environmental century, the century in which Americans mobilized an unprecedented popular movement to counter the equally unprecedented liberties they had taken in exploiting, polluting, and destroying the natural world.

The Everglades were a living barometer of America's often tentative shift toward greater environmental responsibility. Reconstructing this larger picture, Davis recounts the shifts in Douglas's own life and her instrumental role in four important developments that contributed to Everglades protection: the making of a positive wetland image, the creation of a national park, the expanding influence of ecological science, and the rise of the modern environmental movement. In the grand but beleaguered Everglades, which Douglas came to understand is a vast natural system that supports human life, she saw nature's providence.

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Jack E. Davis is an associate professor of history at the University of Florida. He is editor of The Wide Brim: Early Poems and Ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and coeditor of Paradise Lost? The Environmental History of Florida.

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