Born and raised in England, Patrick Allitt graduated from Oxford University, then earned a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University and the author of seven books, including A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism (2014) and The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities throughout American History (2010). He has also recorded eight lecture series with The Great Courses®, including "The Industrial Revolution" (36 lectures) and "The Art of Teaching" (24 lectures).
This lecture describes the work of outstanding American environmentalists, including Theodore Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Edward Abbey, and Dave Foreman. It places them in historical context and shows how they argued with their contemporaries about how to care for the natural world.