Ground Work: Conservation in American Culture
By Char Miller
Ground Work offers intriguing insights into American conservation history. Miller demonstrates his remarkable ability as a historian to cast new light on familiar events and figures, such as Bernhard Fernow and Gifford Pinchot, and create a deeper and richer understanding of their significance, both in their times and in our own. Ground Work is a series of vignettes rather than a chronologically continuous tale. It spans topics from the Progressive Era roots of the American conservation movement, on which Miller has proven his virtuosity in earlier works such as Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism, to new insights into the impact of documentary films on the environmental perceptions of 21st-century urban America. Advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental and forest history will find these essays stimulating, general nonfiction readers very enlightening.
Char Miller specializes in American environmental, cultural, and urban history at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He served as chair of the History Department from 1998 to 2004, and since 2001 has been Director of Urban Studies. His books include: Deep in the Heart of San Antonio: Land & Life in South Texas ; Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism (award winner); The Greatest Good: 100 Years of Forestry in America ; and Gifford Pinchot: The Evolution of An American Conservationist. Miller is editor of The Atlas of U.S. and Canadian Environmental History ; On the Border: An Environmental History of San Antonio ; Fluid Arguments: Five Centuries of Western Water Conflict ; Water and the Environment: Global Perspectives (With Mark Cioc and Kate Showers); Water and the West: A High Country News Reader ; American Forests: Nature, Culture, and Politics ; Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental History (With Hal K. Rothman).
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