Recommended reading (really!)
Today’s piece by Matthew Klingle and Joseph Taylor is a kind of minor miracle: interesting to mortals, despite being written by a couple of academic historians. Don’t miss it.
Of course, as true academics, they couldn’t resist sending us a partial bibliography of poverty and environment-related books. It’s great background for their story, but also for this series in general. I hereby share it with you — complete with handy shopping links!
Got any other suggestions? Feel free to add ’em.
Theodore Catton, Inhabited Wilderness: Indians, Eskimos, and National Parks in Alaska (Albuquerque, 1997).
Craig E. Colten, An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature (Baton Rouge, 2005).
William Cronon, editor, Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature (New York, 1996).
Mike Davis, Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster (New York, 1998).
Matthew Gandy, Concrete and Clay: Reworking Nature in New York City (Cambridge, MA, 2002).
Diane D. Glave and Mark Stoll, editors, To Love the Wind and the Rain: African Americans and Environmental History (Pittsburgh, 2006).
Robert Gottlieb, Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement (Washington, DC, 1993, 2005).
Samuel P. Hays, Beauty, Health, and Permanence: Environmental Politics in the United States, 1955-1985 (New York, 1987).
Andrew Hurley, Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race, and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 (Chapel Hill, 1995).
Karl Jacoby, Crimes against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation (Berkeley, 2001).
Richard W. Judd, Common Lands, Common People: The Origins of Conservation in Northern New England (Cambridge, MA, 1997).
Ari Kelman, A River and its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans (Berkeley, 2003).
Martin V. Melosi, The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial Times to the Present (Baltimore, 2000).
Karen Merrill, Public Lands and Political Meaning: Ranchers, the Government, and the Property Between Them (Berkeley, 2002).
Jared Orsi, Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles (Berkeley, 2004).
Jennifer Price, Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America (New York, 1999).
Adam Rome, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism (New York, 2001).
Mark David Spence, Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks (New York, 1999).
Ted Steinberg, Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America (New York, 2000).
Richard White, The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River (New York, 1996).
Louis S. Warren, The Hunter’s Game: Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century America (New Haven, CT, 1997).
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