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John Muir : magnificent tramp

Author: Rod Miller
Publisher: New York : Forge, ©2005.
Series: American heroes series (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : Juvenile audience : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A portrait of the Sierra Club founder traces Muir's 1849 immigration to America from Scotland, his work as a naturalist and conservationist, and his untiring work against political and financial groups to preserve the natural world. In 1849, 11-year-old John Muir emigrated from Scotland to America. Here, he rose from farmer and sawmill worker to become a noted authority on the botany, glaciers, and forestry of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Muir; John (Geologe) Muir; John Muir
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rod Miller
ISBN: 0765310716 9780765310712
OCLC Number: 57670953
Notes: "A tom Doherty Associates book."
Description: 207 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Place in history --
Man in the boy --
Practical man, impractical life --
Women --
Mystic --
Relentless as a river of ice --
Traveling planet earth --
Sage and the Sierra --
Nature at its worst --
Inventing environmentalism --
Appointment with the President --
Hetch Hetchy be damned --
Further earth-planet travels --
Writing life --
Remembering Muir --
Note on sources --
Index.
Series Title: American heroes series (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Rod Miller.
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A portrait of the Sierra Club founder traces Muir's 1849 immigration to America from Scotland, his work as a naturalist and conservationist, and his untiring work against political and financial groups to preserve the natural world. In 1849, 11-year-old John Muir emigrated from Scotland to America. Here, he rose from farmer and sawmill worker to become a noted authority on the botany, glaciers, and forestry of the nation's wilderness. Best known for his long association with the Yosemite Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Muir also explored, mostly afoot, the southern States, Alaska, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert. His studies of nature took him around the world and generated volumes of poetic, evocative writings. As America expanded relentlessly westward, Muir witnessed the plunder and exploitation of the land and became a driving force in efforts to protect the natural world. A modest and private man, married and father of two doting daughters, his conservationist views forced him into battle with powerful political and industrial interests. Some battles he won, influencing four US Presidents to sponsor legislation that protected forests and established or expanded America's national parks. Muir lost his last, and perhaps most personal battle. He fought until near the end of his life to prevent the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park from becoming a reservoir for the city of San Francisco. Some of his conservationist friends believed the conflict so sapped his physical, emotional, and spiritual strength that it contributed to his death. Remembered as the founder of the Sierra Club, father of America's conservation movement, and architect of a still growing wilderness ethic, Muir set an example many still follow, fighting today's threats to the environment.

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