American Wilderness: A New History by Michael Lewis

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This accrued quantity of unique essays proposes to handle the nation of scholarship at the political, cultural, and highbrow background of usa citizens responses to desolate tract from first touch to the current. whereas now not bringing an artificial narrative to wasteland, the quantity will assemble competing interpretations of wasteland in old context.

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Tensions rose and a series of minor skirmishes threatened to escalate into a larger war. John Smith met with Chief Powhatan to discuss the matter. ’’ In his rhetorical question, Powhatan explicitly contrasted symbols of wilderness (cold woods, acorns, and roots) with symbols of civilization (tools, trade goods, and domesticity); clearly Powhatan did not live, nor desire to live, in the wilderness. 20 The first few years of English occupation were a serious test for even the most optimistic proponents of colonization.

Denevan, ‘‘The Pristine Myth: The Landscape of the Americas in 1492,’’ Annals of the Association of American Geographers 82:3 (1992): 375. 6. Whitmore and Turner, Cultivated Landscapes of Middle America, 235. 7. Suzanne K. Fish and Paul Fish, ‘‘Prehistoric Environment and Agriculture in the Hohokam of Southern Arizona,’’ in Native Peoples of the Southwest, ed. : Bergin and Garvey, 2001), 25–48; Michael Logan, The Lessening Stream (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2002), 27–30. 8. Stephen J.

In the end, Jesus did not come, and Mormons paid an ecological price for irrigation and overgrazing, but for a while they might be excused for thinking they were succeeding in greening a barren land for God. To Mormons, wilderness has been not Eden but a fallen landscape to be redeemed; although they live in the midst of dramatic Western scenery, Mormon advocates for wild nature have been few, notably the Udall family of politicians and author Terry Tempest Williams. 44 American Wilderness Amid the fervent religious revivalism of the early nineteenth century, the Puritan practice of solitary meditation in woods and fields had fertile results.

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