An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century

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University of Georgia Press, 2009 - 758 עמודים
No one did more than Marjory Stoneman Douglas to transform the Everglades from the country's most maligned swamp into its most beloved wetland. By the late twentieth century, her name and her classic The Everglades: River of Grass had become synonymous with Everglades protection. The crusading resolve and boundless energy of this implacable elder won the hearts of an admiring public while confounding her opponents--growth merchants intent on having their way with the Everglades. Douglas's efforts ultimately earned her a place among a mere handful of individuals honored as a namesake of a national wilderness area.

In the first comprehensive biography of Douglas, Jack E. Davis explores the 108-year life of this compelling woman. Douglas was more than an environmental activist. She was a suffragist, a lifetime feminist and supporter of the ERA, a champion of social justice, and an author of diverse literary talent. She came of age literally and professionally during the American environmental century, the century in which Americans mobilized an unprecedented popular movement to counter the equally unprecedented liberties they had taken in exploiting, polluting, and destroying the natural world.

The Everglades were a living barometer of America's often tentative shift toward greater environmental responsibility. Reconstructing this larger picture, Davis recounts the shifts in Douglas's own life and her instrumental role in four important developments that contributed to Everglades protection: the making of a positive wetland image, the creation of a national park, the expanding influence of ecological science, and the rise of the modern environmental movement. In the grand but beleaguered Everglades, which Douglas came to understand is a vast natural system that supports human life, she saw nature's providence.

 

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An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (Environmental History and the American South)

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Davis (history, Univ. of Florida; The Wide Brim: Early Poems and Ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas) describes this comprehensive study as a dual biography: it is both a portrait of one of the ... קרא סקירה מלאה

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Journeys End
3
River of Life
23
Lineage
39
Mr Smiths Reconnoissance
55
Birth and Despair
70
Suicide
81
Growing Up
90
Franks Journey
104
Stories
310
The Proposal
327
The Book Idea
344
The Park Idea
363
Dedications
380
PART THREE
401
An Unnecessary Drought
403
Perishing and Publishing
420

The Sovereign
115
Wellesley
127
Reports
138
Marriage
153
By Violence
163
Killing Mr Bradley
180
A New Life
199
Conservationists
212
Rights
228
World War
241
Land Booms
257
The Galley Slave
273
Hurricanes
293
Grassroots
438
The Jetport
456
The Conversion
472
Regionalism and Environmentalism
491
The Kissimmee
513
Grande Dame
529
Justice and Equality
549
The Gathering Twilight
569
Without Me
591
Notes
607
Index
733
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Jack E. Davis is a professor of history at the University of Florida. He is editor of The Wide Brim: Early Poems and Ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and coeditor of Paradise Lost? The Environmental History of Florida.

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