Douglas Cazaux Sackman's A Companion to American Environmental History PDF

By Douglas Cazaux Sackman

ISBN-10: 1405156651

ISBN-13: 9781405156653

A better half to American Environmental History gathers jointly a entire selection of over 30 essays that research the evolving and various box of yank environmental history.

  • Provides a whole historiography of yank environmental history
  • Brings the sphere up to date to mirror the newest developments and encourages new instructions for the field
  • Includes the paintings of path-breaking environmental historians, from the founders of the sector, to  contributions from leading edge younger scholars
  • Takes inventory of the self-discipline via 5 topically themed elements, with essays starting from American Indian Environmental kin to towns and Suburbs

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There, Yokuts, Miwoks, and others offered skins of deer, antelope, and elk, baskets of willow bark, acorns and shell beads (Farquhar 1965: 12–13). Beyond trails and flaked tools, you have to look more carefully for clues to the Indian peoples who lived here. Indians pruned and coppiced mountain plants and thereby influenced the size and composition of thicket and glade. In valleys like Yosemite, for example, Awhaneechee people cut the ends of branches off oak trees to enhance acorn production the following year.

In the most notorious episode, for a period in the 1970s and 1980s, run-off from farms on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley was diverted into what was conceived as a restorative wetland and waterfowl habitat at Kesterson Reservoir, which was part of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. But the run-off deposited concentrations of naturally occurring elements, especially selenium, in toxic proportions. This led to monstrous deformities – legions of one-legged, one-eyed chicks, and chicks with no eyes at all – and finally an enormous battle over the fate of the reservoir and the obligations of growers and the state to clean it up.

Initially, livestock remained on coastal meadows, far from the Sierra Nevada. But by the first decades of the nineteenth century, Spanish and Mexican ranches were raising vast herds of cattle to provide leather for the factory belts and other goods needed for the industrial revolution in the United States. To manage the cattle, they also accumulated huge horse herds. By the 1830s, Shoshones, Utes, and Paiutes from east of the Sierra Nevada routinely stole large numbers of these horses and drove them over the mountains – at times, perhaps, on this trail.

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