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Vanishing America : species extinction, racial peril, and the origins of conservation

Author: Miles A Powell
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Vanishing America examines discourses of extinction - of species and of peoples - to identify key transitions in American environmental and racial thought between the mid nineteenth and mid twentieth centuries. By 1900 many whites had begun to see themselves as an imperiled race and increasingly identified with the nation's dwindling wildlife. Fearing they would share Indians' anticipated extinction, elite  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Miles A Powell
ISBN: 9780674971561 0674971566
OCLC Number: 946907198
Description: 251 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: A nation's park, containing man and beast --
Surviving progress --
Preserving the frontier --
A line of unbroken descent --
The last of her tribe --
Dead of its own too-much --
Epilogue: De-extinction.
Responsibility: Miles A. Powell.

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Miles Powell explores how early conservationists became convinced that the vitality of America's white races depended on preserving the wilderness. Some conservationists embraced scientific racism,  Read more...

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