Vanishing America: Species Extinction, Racial Peril, and the Origins of Conservation (Hardback)
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Vanishing America: Species Extinction, Racial Peril, and the Origins of Conservation (Hardback)

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Hardback 262 Pages / Published: 18/11/2016
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Miles Powell explores how early conservationists became convinced that the vitality of America's white races depended on preserving the wilderness. Some conservationists embraced scientific racism, eugenics, and restrictive immigration laws, but these activists also laid the groundwork for the many successes of the modern environmental movement.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674971561
Number of pages: 262
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 156 x 235 x 25 mm


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A carefully researched and captivating book. Vanishing America stands apart from previous works in the way it convincingly weaves together historiographical strands that have often remained distinct, in its success in deploying a broad range of primary sources, and in its ability to demonstrate the many ways that conservation and racial thought have not only been deeply entangled but also persisted across time. No other book manages to be as thorough, convincing, and chronologically expansive in its efforts to show how concerns about the annihilation of wildlife and racial decline profoundly shaped one another.--Mark V. Barrow Jr., author of Nature's Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology
Powell's Vanishing America is a bracing and innovative revision of early conservation history in the United States. By blending environmental history with intellectual and cultural history, Powell unearths a troubling story of how and why some Americans wanted to save nature as well as their own racial privilege. Eloquent and provocative, Vanishing America is a timely reminder that the shadows of the past continue to haunt environmentalism today.--Matthew Klingle, author of Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle
Powell's history of the inseparability of environmental and racial anxieties tackles an essential question that has always haunted American environmentalism--why so white?--and that requires an insightful history like this one to fully understand.--Jennifer Price, author of Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America

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