Americans and Their Weather: Updated Edition

Paperback | October 29, 2014

byWilliam B. Meyer

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This revealing book synthesizes research from many fields to offer the first complete history of the roles played by weather and climate in American life from colonial times to the present. Author William B. Meyer characterizes weather events as neutral phenomena that are inherently neitherhazards nor resources, but can become either depending on the activities with which they interact. Meyer documents the ways in which different kinds of weather throughout history have represented hazards and resources not only for such exposed outdoor pursuits as agriculture, warfare,transportation, construction, and recreation, but for other realms of life ranging from manufacturing to migration to human health. He points out that while the weather and climate by themselves have never determined the course of human events, their significance as been continuously altered forbetter and for worse by the evolution of American life.

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This revealing book synthesizes research from many fields to offer the first complete history of the roles played by weather and climate in American life from colonial times to the present. Author William B. Meyer characterizes weather events as neutral phenomena that are inherently neitherhazards nor resources, but can become either d...

William B. Meyer is Associate Professor of Geography at Colgate University. He is the author of Author of Human Impact on the Earth and The Environmental Advantages of Cities: Counering Commonsense Antiurbanism.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190212810

ISBN - 13:9780190212810

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Climate, Cultures, and Founding Myths2. Antebellum America3. Postbellum America4. Founding America5. Since 1945: New Amernities, New HazardsConclusionAfterwordNotesIndex