Environmental History and the American South: A Reader by Jack KirbyEnvironmental History and the American South: A Reader by Jack Kirby

Environmental History and the American South: A Reader

Epilogue byJack KirbyContribution byS. Edelson

Paperback | March 15, 2009

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This reader gathers fifteen of the most important essays written in the field of southern environmental history over the past decade. Ideal for course use, the volume provides a convenient entrée into the recent literature on the region as it indicates the variety of directions in which the field is growing. As coeditor Paul S. Sutter writes in his introduction, ?recent trends in environmental historiography-a renewed emphasis on agricultural landscapes and their hybridity, attention to the social and racial histories of environmental thought and practice, and connections between health and the environment among them-have made the South newly attractive terrain. This volume suggests, then, that southern environmental history has not only arrived but also that it may prove an important space for the growth of the larger environmental history enterprise.?

The writings, which range in setting from the Texas plains to the Carolina Lowcountry, address a multiplicity of topics, such as husbandry practices in the Chesapeake colonies and the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The contributors’ varied disciplinary perspectives-including agricultural history, geography, the history of science, the history of technology, military history, colonial American history, urban and regional planning history, and ethnohistory-also point to the field’s vitality. Conveying the breadth, diversity, and liveliness of this maturing area of study, Environmental History and the American South affirms the critical importance of human-environmental interactions to the history and culture of the region.

Contributors:Virginia DeJohn AndersonWilliam BoydLisa BradyJoshua Blu BuhsJudith CarneyJames Taylor CarsonCraig E. ColtenS. Max EdelsonJack Temple KirbyRalph H. LuttsEileen Maura McGurtyTed SteinbergMart StewartClaire StromPaul SutterHarry WatsonAlbert G. Way

JACK TEMPLE KIRBY was the emeritus W. E. Smith Professor of American History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His most recent books include Working the Garden: American Writers and the Industrialization of Agriculture and The Countercultural South (Georgia). PAUL S. SUTTER is an associate professor of history at University of Color...
Title:Environmental History and the American South: A ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.14 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820333220

ISBN - 13:9780820333229


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Editors' Notes vii

"No More the Backward Region: Southern Environmental History Comes of Age" 1
Paul S. Sutter

"Animals into the Wilderness: The Development of Livestock Husbandry in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake" 25
Virginia DeJohn Anderson

"Horses and the Economy and Culture of the Choctaw Indians, 1690-1840" 61
James Taylor Carson

"Landscapes of Technology Transfer: Rice Cultivation and African Continuities" 80
Judith Carney

"Clearing Swamps, Harvesting Forests: Trees and the Making of a Plantation Landscape in the Colonial South Carolina Lowcountry" 106
S. Max Edelson

" 'The Common Rights of Mankind': Subsistence, Shad, and Commerce in the Early Republican South" 131
Harry Watson

"The Wilderness of War: Nature and Strategy in the American Civil War" 168
Lisa Brady

"If John Muir Had Been an Agrarian: American Environmental History West and South" 196
Mart Stewart

"Texas Fever and the Dispossession of the Southern Yeoman Farmer" 220
Claire Strom

"Like Manna from God: The American Chestnut Trade in Southwestern Virginia" 247
Ralph H. Lutts

"Burned to Be Wild: Herbert Stoddard and the Roots of Ecological Conservation in the Southern Longleaf Pine Forest" 281
Albert G. Way

"Making Meat: Science, Technology, and American Poultry Production" 311
William Boyd

"The Fire Ant Wars: Nature and Science in the Pesticide Controversies of the Late Twentieth Century" 345
Joshua Blu Buhs

"From nimby to Civil Rights: The Origins of the Environmental Justice Movement" 372
Eileen Maura McGurty

"Do-It-Yourself Deathscape: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in South Florida" 400
Ted Steinberg

"Reintroducing Nature to the City: Wetlands in New Orleans" 432
Craig E. Colten

"Nature Suburbanized, and Other Southern Spaces" 458
Jack Temple Kirby

Contributors 467
Index 471

Editorial Reviews

This book offers an original look, through the lens of environmental history, at what has made the South a unique region and at what has made the South a complicated place, as diverse in its culture and economy as in its climate, terrain, and biota. Well-chosen pieces and an excellent overview will make this volume invaluable to American historians of every region or period. - Donald Worster - author of A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir