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Arcadian America : the death and life of an environmental tradition

Author: Aaron Sachs
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
Series: New directions in narrative history.
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"Perhaps America's best environmental idea was not the national park but the garden cemetery, a use of space that quickly gained popularity in the mid-nineteenth century. Such spaces of repose brought key elements of the countryside into rapidly expanding cities, making nature accessible to all and serving to remind visitors of the natural cycles of life. In this unique interdisciplinary blend of historical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron Sachs
ISBN: 9780300176407 0300176406
OCLC Number: 785874513
Description: xi, 484 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue : waterfalls and cemeteries --
Common shade : cultivating a place for death --
The middle landscapes of New England culture --
Sleepy Hollow : a young nation in repose --
Stumps --
Three men of the middle border (part one) : twilight --
Three men of the middle border (part two) : American homelessness --
Atlantis : Arcadia and Armageddon --
Epilogue : American Gothic; or death by landscape.
Series Title: New directions in narrative history.
Responsibility: Aaron Sachs.
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