Adam Rome

Adam Rome

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A specialist in environmental history, Adam Rome is the author of two books: The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation (2013) and The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism (2001), which won the OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Award. He also is a coeditor of Green Capitalism? Business and the Environment in the Twentieth Century (2017). A former editor of Environmental History, he is writing the environmental history volume for the Oxford University Press Very Short Introduction series. He also is working on a book about efforts to green American business since the late 1980s.


  • Sustainability in the Age of Trump *
  • The Genius of Earth Day
  • Fashion Forward? The Environmental History of Style
  • Partly Green: The Past and Future of Sustainable Business

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.

Process: A Blog for American History

Organizing for Change: The Genius of the First Earth Day


The Genius of Earth Day

Capstone lecture in the "Environmental History, St. Louis and Beyond” series, sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Historical Societies and the Missouri Historical Society in May 2018. Recording courtesy the Missouri Historical Society.

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