Down By The Bay: San Francisco's History Between The Tides by Matthew Morse BookerDown By The Bay: San Francisco's History Between The Tides by Matthew Morse Booker

Down By The Bay: San Francisco's History Between The Tides

byMatthew Morse Booker

Hardcover | June 7, 2013

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San Francisco Bay is the largest and most productive estuary on the Pacific Coast of North America. It is also home to the oldest and densest urban settlements in the American West. Focusing on human inhabitation of the Bay since Ohlone times, Down by the Bay reveals the ongoing role of nature in shaping that history. From birds to oyster pirates, from gold miners to farmers, from salt ponds to ports, this is the first history of the San Francisco Bay and Delta as both a human and natural landscape. It offers invaluable context for current discussions over the best management and use of the Bay in the face of sea level rise.
Matthew Morse Booker is Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University. He was previously Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford and leads the Between the Tides project at Stanford’s Spatial History Lab, mapping San Francisco Bay's dynamic tidal margin.
Title:Down By The Bay: San Francisco's History Between The TidesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:294 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 7, 2013Publisher:University Of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520273206

ISBN - 13:9780520273207


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction. Between the Tides: Layers of History in San Francisco Bay
1. Rising Tide
2. Ghost Tidelands
3. Reclaiming the Delta
4. An Edible Bay
5. From Real Estate to Refuge
Conclusion: Rising Tides?


Editorial Reviews

"The history of San Francisco is not only the story of a great world city, it's also the story of a great body of water that both supported and was impacted by rapid urban growth. In his natural (and human) history of San Francisco Bay, author Matthew Morse Booker focuses on waterfront and tidal wetlands. It is there that decades of human activity, such as dredging and upriver hydraulic mining, have reshaped, polluted and irrevocably altered the marine environment."