200 pages, 6 x 9
5 b&w illus.
The Environmental Moment
Edited by David Stradling
University of Washington Press
This collection of documents reveals the significance of the years 1968through 1972 to the environmental movement in the United States. Withmaterial ranging from short pieces from the Whole EarthCatalog and articles from The Village Voice to lectures,posters, and government documents, the collection describes the periodthrough the perspective of a diversity of participants, includingactivists, politicians, scientists, and average citizens. Included arethe words of Rachel Carson, but also Howard Zahniser on wilderness andNathan Hare on the Black underclass. The chronological arrangementreveals the coincidence of a multitude of issues that rushed intopublic consciousness during a critical time in American history.
A fascinating collection of some of the most compelling arguments in the late 1960s and early 1970s about the environmental crisis. It makes clever use of images, cartoons, PSAs, letters, and testimony.
The Environmental Moment is lively and eclectic and does an impressive job of combining classic documents with less well-known ones to get readers thinking about this seemingly familiar topic in unfamiliar ways.
Concentrating on a period of upheaval and change, years when environmentalism developed as part of larger social and cultural currents, The Environmental Moment gives students an in-depth look at environmentalism emerging, affecting, and being shaped by other interests in American society and the economy.
David Stradling is a professor of history at theUniversity of Cincinnati. He is the author of Making Mountains: NewYork City and the Catskills and The Nature of New York: AnEnvironmental History of the Empire State, and editor ofConservation in the Progressive Era.
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