The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection


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Duke University Press
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6.0 X 1.1 X 9.0 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Dorceta E. Taylor is James E. Crowfoot Collegiate Professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Environment and the People in American Cities, 1600s-1900s: Disorder, Inequality, and Social Change, also published by Duke University Press, and Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility, and the editor of Environment and Social Justice: An International Perspective.


"Taylor has produced an extremely helpful book that defines and contextualizes important laws, concepts, social groups, and people who participated, or were alienated by, the rising American conservation movement."--Margaret DePond"Environmental History" (10/01/2017)
"This book counterbalances previous hagiographic portrayals of conservationists, examining and judging the past from the perspective of modern values but minimizing the contributions of scientists not part of the establishment. Nevertheless, the book should interest historians and naturalists. . . . Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty."-- (03/01/2017)
"An important addition to the historiography of the American conservation movement. . . . [Taylor's] synthesis of the ideas of the conservation movement, and the depth that she adds with her discussions of race and exclusion, in particular, make this work an important one for an understanding of the environmental history of the United States."-- (03/15/2017)
"Taylor accomplishes a transformative feat of scholarship. . . . She has authored a book that challenges the dominant interpretive frameworks of the field of environmental history and deserves a central place in introductory and ntermediate environmental courses. Just as importantly, she illuminates the overlapping historical roots of our present environmental predicament."-- (06/23/2017)
"An ambitious book. . . . A useful reference to anyone interested in environmental protection, and particularly its social dimensions, during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."-- (05/02/2018)
"Covers an astonishing range of topics. . . . [M]any of [Taylor's] profiles are fascinating and significant in bringing new characters and elements into the mix of America's conservation record."-- (04/01/2018)
"A well-written book. . . . Exceptional both in the manner of presentation and scope."-- (02/23/2018)
"A wide-ranging work, invoking numerous themes and moving in many different directions. . . . A valuable contribution to the field by opening new areas of inquiry as to how the confluences of class, race and gender can inform both environmental and social history."-- (01/01/2018)
"The Rise of the American Conservation Movement shines when women like Sacagawea are described in ways that explode myths of the supposedly inherent connections among masculinity, ruggedness, and wilderness. . . . An excellent overview of the ACM."-- (09/11/2018)
"Dorceta E. Taylor's book is a very useful corrective to the common focus on a few 'great' conservation heroes, such as Gifford Pinchot and Theodore Roosevelt. It is also pleasing to see the role of women acknowledged in a deeper and more satisfactory way than in previous syntheses, though Taylor rightly points out the masculinist domination of much of the conservation activity she calls a 'movement.' This book succeeds best as a powerful critique of conservation's ethnocentrism and class dimensions."-- (02/28/2019)
"Taylor . . . highlights the effects of moralization on access to nature. She reveals the class, ethnoracial, and gender biases in these conservation movements and demonstrates their consequences: the exclusion of various minority populations and inequalities in the use and presence of, and public debate surrounding, natural resources."-- (07/03/2019)