The Republic of Nature: American History as Environmental History

Lecture Description

Henry David Thoreau, Yellowstone National Park, and the Dust Bowl are easily understood as important topics in American environmental history. Yet, as this lecture demonstrates, nothing in the history of the United States, not even the subjects that define the canonical textbook account of the nation’s past, occurred outside the natural world. The American Revolution, the life of Abraham Lincoln, and the Brown v. Board of Education civil rights case in Topeka, Kansas are among the standard American history events that also can be understood as episodes in environmental history.


Environment and Natural Resources

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