Environmental History

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Defining the Field

McNeill, J. R. Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World (2000)

Sutter, Paul S. “The World with Us: The State of American Environmental History,” Journal of American History, June 2013, Vol. 100, 1.

Rome, Adam. “What Really Matters in History? Environmental Perspectives on Modern America.” Environmental History, April 2002, 7, 2.

Special Issue, Journal of American History 76.4 (1990)

  • Worster, Donald, “Transformations of the Earth: Toward an Agroecological Perspective in History” (1087 – 1107)
  • Richard White, "Environmental History, Ecology, and Meaning" (1111-1116)
  • Merchant, Carolyn, “Gender and Environmental History” (1117-1121)
  • William Cronon, "Modes of Prophecy and Production: Placing Nature in History,"(1122-1131)

Native Peoples and the Environment

Binnema, Theodore. Common and Contested Ground: A Human and Environmental History of the Northwestern Plains (2004)

Cronon, William, Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. (1983)

Ethridge, Robbie. Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World (2003)

Holland-Braund, Kathryn, Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685-1815 (1996)

Iverson, Peter. When Indians Became Cowboys: Native Peoples and Cattle Ranching in the American West (1994)

Kelton, Paul, Epidemics and Enslavement: Biological Catastrophe in the Native Southeast (2007)

Krech, Shepard, The Ecological Indian: Myth and History (1999)

Miles, Tiya, The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (2010)

Silver, Timothy. A New Face on the Countryside: Indians, Colonists, and Slaves in South Atlantic Forests, 1500-1800  (1990)

White, Richard, The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region 1650-1815, (1991)

White, Richard, The Roots of Dependency: Subsistance, Environment, and Social Change among the Choctaws, Pawnees, and Navajos (1988)

Colonization and Early Settlement

Crosby, Alfred W., Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (2004)

Donahue, Brian. The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord (2004)

Griffiths, Tom & Robin, Libby, eds., Ecology and Empire: Environmental History of Settler Societies (1997)

McNeill, J.R. Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 (2010)

Merchant, Carolyn, Ecological Revolutions: Nature, Gender, and Science in New England (1989).

Sylvester, Nathaniel Bartlett, (1825-1894), Historical sketches of Northern New York and the Adirondack Wilderness: Including Traditions of the Indians, Early Explorers, Pioneer Settlers, Hermit Hunters (1973

Wildlife & Wilderness

Colpitts, George, Game in the Garden: A Human History of Wildlife in Western Canada to 1940 (2002

Loo, Tina, States of Nature: Conserving Canada's Wildlife in the Twentieth Century (2006)

MacEachern, Alan Andrew, Natural Selections: National Parks in Atlantic Canada, 1935-1970 (2001

Manore, Jean L., The Culture of Hunting in Canada (2007)

Merchant, Carolyn, Reinventing Eden: The Fate of Nature in Western Culture (2003) 

Sutter, Paul. Driven Wild: How the Fight Against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (2009)

Parks and the Conservation Movement

Carr, Ethan, Wilderness by Design: Landscape Architecture and the National Park Service (1998)

Hodgins, Bruce W. and Benidickson, Jamie, The Temagami Experience: Recreation, Resources, and Aboriginal Rights in the Northern Ontario Wilderness (1989)

Horrell, Jeffrey L., Seneca Ray Stoddard: Transforming the Adirondack Wilderness in Text and Image (1999)

Jacoby, Karl, Crimes Against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation (2001)

Judd, Richard W., Common Lands, Common People: The Origins of Conservation in Northern New England (1997)

Marsh, John and Hodgins, Bruce W., eds., Changing Parks: The History, Future and Cultural Context of Parks and Heritage Landscapes (1996)

Reiger, John F., American Sportsmen and the Origins of Conservation (1986)

Sandlos, John, Hunters at the Margin: Native People and Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories (2007)

Schneider, Paul The Adirondacks: A History of America’s First Wilderness (1997)

Spence, Mark David, Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of National Parks (1999)

Terrie, Phillip G., Contested Terrain: A New History of Nature and People in the Adirondacks  (1997)  

Warren, Louis, The Hunter's Game, Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century America (1997)

Whisnant, Anne Mitchell, Super Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History (2006)

Williams, Raymond, The Country and the City (1985)

The American South and the Environmental

Aiken, Charles. William Falkner and the Southern Landscape (2009)

Carney, Judith. Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas (2001)

Clark, Thomas. The Greening of the South: The Recovery of Land and Forest (1984)

Colten, Craig. An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature (2005)

Davis, Jack. An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (2009)

Giesen, James, Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South (2011)

Giltner, Scott. Hunting and Fishing in the New South: Black Labor and White Leisure after the Civil War (2008)

Hersey, Mark. My Work is That of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver (2011)

Kelman, Ari, A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans (2006)

Kirby, Jack Temple. Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South (2006)

Kirby, Jack Temple. Poquosin: A Study of Rural Landscape and Society  (1995)

Maysilles, Duncan. Ducktown Smoke: The Fight over One of the South’s Greatest Environmental Disasters (2011)

Morris, Christopher. The Big Muddy: An Environmental History of the Mississippi and Its Peoples from Hernando de Soto to Hurricane Katrina (2012)

Saikku, Mikko, This Delta, This Land: An Environmental History of Yazoo-Mississippi Floodplain (2005)

Stewart, Mart. What Nature Suffers to Groe: Life Labor, and Landscape on the Georgia Coast, 1680-1920 (1996)

Sutter, Paul and Chris Manganiello. Environmental History and the American South (2009)

Swanson, Drew. Remaking Wormsloe Plantation: The Environmental History of a Lowcountry Landscape (2012)

Swanson, Drew. A Golden Weed: Tobacco and Environment in the Piedmont South (2014)

Valencius, Conevery Bolton. The Health of the Country: How American Settlers Understood Themselves and Their Land (2002)

Way, Albert. Conserving Southern Longleaf: Herbert Stoddard and the Rise of Ecological Land Management (2011)

The American West and the Environment

Andrews, Thomas. Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War (2010)

Chang, David. The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and the Politics of Landownership in Oklahoma, 1832-1929 (2010)

Hundley, Norris, Jr. The Great Thirst: Californians and Water, 1770s-1990s (1992)

Hundley, Norris, Jr. Water and the West: The Colorado River Compact and the Politics of Water in the American West (1975)

Isenberg, Andrew. The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750-1920 (2000)

Jackson, Donald C. Building the Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood and the Control of Water in the West (1995)

Kiy, Richard, and John D. Wirth, eds. Environmental Management on North America's Borders (1998)

Knobloch, Frieda. The Culture of Wilderness: Agriculture as Colonization in the American West (1996)

Pisani, Donald J. From the Family Farm to Agribusiness: The Irrigation Crusade in California and the West, 1850-1931 (1984)

Pisani, Donald J. To Reclaim A Divided West: Water, Law, and Public Policy, 1848-1902 (1992)

Reisner, Marc. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (1986)

Richardson, Elmo R. Dams, Parks, and Politics: Resource Development and Preservation in the Truman-Eisenhower Era (1973)

Rowley, William D. Reclaiming the Arid West: The Career of Francis G. Newlands (1996)

West, Elliot. The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado (1998)

White, Richard. "It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own": A New History of the American West (1991)

White, Richard, The Organic Machine, The Remaking of the Columbia River (1995)

Worster, Donald. Rivers of Empire: Water, Aridity, and the Growth of the American West (1985)

Worster, Donald. Under Western Skies: Nature and History in the American West (1992)

Environment and Culture

Cronon, William, ed. Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature (1995)

Merchant, Carolyn. Ecological Revolutions: Nature, Gender, and Science in New England (1989)

Nash, Roderick. Wilderness and the American Mind (1967)

Nelson, Megan Kate, Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee (2009)

Novak, Barbara, Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875, (1980)

Richardson, Judith.  Possession: the History and Uses of Hauntings in the Hudson Valley (2003)

Steinberg, Ted. Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America (2000)

Whisnant, David, All That is Native and Fine: the Politics of Culture in an American Region (1983)

Oceans and the Environment

Bolster, Jeff, The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail (2014)

Hamblin, Jacob, Poison in the Well: Radioactive Waste in the Oceans at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age (2009)

Keiner, Christine, The Oyster Question: Scientists, Waterman, and the Maryland Chesapeake Bay since 1880 (2010)

North American Environmental History

Duke, David Freeland, Canadian Environmental History: Essential Readings, (2006)

Fiege, Mark. The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States (2013)

MacDowell, Laurel, Canadian Environmental History (2007)

Steinberg, Ted. Down to Earth: Nature’s Role in American History (2012)

War and the Environment

Brady, Lisa. War Upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War (2012)

Daniel, Pete, Toxic Drift: Pesticides and Health in the Post-World War II South (2005)

Nelson, Megan Kate. Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (2012)

Russell, Edmund. War and Nature: Fighting Human and Insect Enemies from World War I (2001)

Environment of the City/Suburb

Cronon, William, Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (1992)

Kleman, A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans (2003)

Rome, Adam. The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism (2001)

Sellers, Christopher. Crabgrass Crucible: Suburban Nature and the Rise of Environmentalism in Twentieth Century America (2012)

Agriculture and the Environment

Beckert, Sven, An Empire of Cotton: A Global History (2014)

Cohen, Benjamin, Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, and Society in the American Countryside (2009)

Daniel, Pete, Breaking the Land: The Transformation of Cotton, Tobacco and Rice Cultures since 1880 (1986)

Fite, Gilbert, Cotton Fields No More: Southern Agriculture, 1865-1980 (2009)

Kirby, Jack Temple, Rural World’s Lost: The American South, 1920-1960 (1986)

Stoll, Steven, Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth Century America (2002)

Strom, Claire, Making Catfish Bait out of Government Boys: The Fight against Cattle Ticks and the Transformation of the Yeoman South (2010)

Worster, Donald. The Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s (1979)

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