The guide provides resources relevant to the history of the American environment, paying particular attention to the impact of European settlement on the landscape and the subsequent commodification of resources that defined the American experience.
Logging operations led to severe environmental destruction all along the Hudson River. Alarmed tourists, as well as industrialists whose downriver operations were disrupted, began to understand the realities of human impact on the environment. ( 3 mins. 40 secs.)
Government officials became concerned about the impact of logging on water and the environment. In 1885, the state established a forest preserve in the Adirondacks. This was soon followed by more protections. (2 mins. 35 secs.)
This video segment from the series: "Issues and Controversies in American History" debates the issue: "Should the DDT ban gone into effect?" Do the economic and industrial benefits of a new technology outweigh the potential threats it poses to the environment? ( 2 mins. 53 secs. )
This segment from the video "Modern Marvels: Hoover Dam" focuses on the Colorado River which draws water from seven states. Attempts to harness the power of the river date back more than a century. For years a dispute between Arizona and California blocked legislation calling for a system of reservoirs. ( 3mins. 18 secs. )
This video segment, from the program "Change, Change" that focuses on issues during the 1960's decade. "Human ingenuity makes the unthinkable possible--scraping Earth of her riches with no thought to sustainable growth. Machines lay waste to Nature. Soon the great debate centers on economic growth vs. the environment." ( 4 mins. )
Engravings and photographs from the early 1900s awakened many Americans to the environmental destruction that nearly destroyed the Adirondacks and the Hudson River. Strict conservation laws have been wildly successful in restoring the region's health. ( 3 mins. 27 secs. )
Historical Associations and Communities
Professional associations and academic communities are often a good place to start for scholarly information and materials on methods and research.
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