By Robert L. Dorman
The careers and concepts of 4 figures of enormous significance within the heritage of yankee conservation—George Perkins Marsh, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and John Wesley Powell—are explored in A notice for Nature. Robert Dorman deals full of life pictures of every of those early environmental advocates, who witnessed firsthand the influence of monetary growth and business revolution on fragile landscapes from the forests of recent England to the mountains of the West. through interpreting the nineteenth-century global during which the 4 males lived—its society, economic climate, politics, and culture—Dorman sheds mild at the roots of yank environmentalism. He offers an summary of the early many years of either source conservation and barren region protection, discussing how Marsh, Thoreau, Muir, and Powell helped outline the problems that all started altering the nation's attitudes towards its surroundings via the early 20th century. Dorman's readings of works together with Marsh's guy and Nature, Thoreau's The Maine Woods, Muir's The Mountains of California, and Powell's file at the Lands of the Arid quarter demonstrate their authors' impression on environmental concept and politics even as much as the current day.
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Personal development and upward mobility had to take form as "the harmonizing of Desire and Duty, not through the blotting out of the latter, but through the chastening, renovating, and purifying of the former," one Whig reformer wrote. The party's emphasis on reform issues like education and temperance was in obvious accord with these assumptions, and they were also extended rhetorically to include eco- Page 15 nomic behavior. Whigs equated material progress and moral progress very literally. Individual striving and ambition, if turned in constructive directions, contributed to the greater social good.
Dorman. Includes bibliographical references and index. EnvironmentalistsUnited StatesBiography. EnvironmentalismUnited StatesHistory19th century. Title. 72'092'2dc21 CIP [B] Excerpts from Man and Nature by George Perkins Marsh, edited by David Lowenthal. Copyright © 1965 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Reprinted by permission of Harvard University Press. 02 01 00 99 98 5 4 3 2 1 Page v For Sarah Page vii Contents Preface xi Chapter One George Perkins Marsh 3 Chapter Two Henry David Thoreau 47 Chapter Three John Muir 103 Chapter Four John Wesley Powell 173 Epilogue 219 Notes 227 Bibliography 241 Index 249 Page ix Illustrations George Perkins Marsh 3 Woodstock, Vermont, from Mt.
This advent of environmental concern in the national awareness is typically presented as a shift in fundamental ethical assumptions, and here again the conventional terminology of environmental historiography and journalism is helpful and will be invoked in this book. Anthropocentric (or human-centered) ethical values are said to govern the human-nature relationship whenever human interests are held as the foremost and paramount good. Anthropocentrism is founded on the belief that human beings are both superior to and qualitatively different from the natural world because of human self-consciousness, intelligence, and divine favor.