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The grasslands of the United States : an environmental history

Author: James Earl Sherow
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©2007.
Series: Nature and human societies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Grasslands of the United States offers an authoritative, eye-opening survey of the environmental history of the American grasslands, exploring the ecological, social, and economic networks enmeshing humans in this biome." "From the end of the Ice Age to the present, The Grasslands of the United States explores the historical and ecological dimensions of human interaction with North America's grasslands,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Earl Sherow
ISBN: 9781851097203 1851097201 9781851097258 1851097252
OCLC Number: 77716612
Description: xv, 389 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm.
Contents: Series foreword --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1. The emergence of grassland relationships pre-1500 CE --
The arrival of the immigrants --
What is a grass? --
The Pleistocene scene --
Climatic changes --
Archaic to Anasazi --
Plains woodland and plains village cultures --
On the eve of European contact --
References --
2. The unraveling of the wild grasslands --
Animal distributions, grassland patterns, and soil types --
Little Ice Age --
Human population and subsistence patterns --
Caddo, Jumano, Apache, and Pueblo exchanges and trade patterns --
Arrival of European diseases --
Contact and consequences --
The rise of the Comanche Empire --
New arrivals and ways of ecological adaptation --
Enter the Cheyennes, Arapahos, and Sioux --
The memes of trade and culture --
Collapse of the grassland biome --
The beginnings of the domesticated grassland --
The bridge between the wild and domestic grasslands --
References. 3. The urbanized and domesticated grasslands --
The urban eclipse of the agricultural economy --
Euro-American market culture values and land-grant colleges --
Market culture values and commodification --
Farming systems --
Domestic grasses --
The irrigation crusade --
Irrigation crusade --
Irrigation court cases --
Enter federal reclamation --
Bonanza farms --
Open-range ranching --
War and the grasslands --
The Dust Bowl --
The New Deal and World War II --
References --
4. The most endangered ecosystem on earth --
Artistic portrayals of the grasslands --
Grassland park systems --
Urbanized grasslands --
Contemporary grassland hydrology --
Changes in farming and rural demographics --
Environmental problems associated with modern agriculture --
Traditional conservation in the grasslands --
Alternative agriculture --
Environmentalism in the grasslands --
A buffalo commons in the making? --
Future directions --
References. 5. Case studies --
Case study : State making and unmaking (and making it back at all) : following Zebulon Pike across the Plains in 1806 --
A young nation and a young soldier facing West --
Making it in the grasslands --
A desert no more --
References --
Case study : Wetlands of the American Grasslands --
Wetland hydrology --
Wetland flora and fauna --
Humans and plains wetlands --
References --
Case study : John Wesley Powell and the Rocky Mountain West --
Powell's life --
Geology of the Rocky Mountains --
Learning the geography of the Rocky Mountains --
Pre-contact mountain biomes --
Fur companies, Indian peoples, and miners --
Forests and parks --
The West's reservoirs --
The urbanized mountains --
The West's playground or the nation's energy reserve? --
Powell's unrealized dream --
References --
Documents --
Important people, events, and concepts --
Chronology --
Selected annotated bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Nature and human societies.
Responsibility: James E. Sherow.
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This unique survey of the environmental history of the grasslands in the United States explores the ecological, social, and economic networks enmeshing humans in this biome over the last 10,000 years.

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"The book should be a useful addition to environmental collections in most public and acadmic libraries." - ARBA

 
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