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No one did more than Marjory Stoneman Douglas to transform the Everglades from the country's most maligned swamp into its most beloved wetland. By the late twentieth century, her name and her classic The Everglades: River of Grass had become synonymous with Everglades protection. The crusading resolve and boundless energy of this implacable elder won the hearts of an admiring public while confounding her opponents—growth merchants intent on having their way with the Everglades. Douglas's efforts ultimately earned her a place among a mere handful of individuals honored as a namesake of a national wilderness area.

In the first comprehensive biography of Douglas, Jack E. Davis explores the 108-year life of this compelling woman. Douglas was more than an environmental activist. She was a suffragist, a lifetime feminist and supporter of the ERA, a champion of social justice, and an author of diverse literary talent. She came of age literally and professionally during the American environmental century, the century in which Americans mobilized an unprecedented popular movement to counter the equally unprecedented liberties they had taken in exploiting, polluting, and destroying the natural world.

The Everglades were a living barometer of America's often tentative shift toward greater environmental responsibility. Reconstructing this larger picture, Davis recounts the shifts in Douglas's own life and her instrumental role in four important developments that contributed to Everglades protection: the making of a positive wetland image, the creation of a national park, the expanding influence of ecological science, and the rise of the modern environmental movement. In the grand but beleaguered Everglades, which Douglas came to understand is a vast natural system that supports human life, she saw nature's providence.

About the Author

Jack E. Davis is a professor of history at the University of Florida. He is editor of The Wide Brim: Early Poems and Ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and coeditor of Paradise Lost? The Environmental History of Florida.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Paul S. Sutter ix

Author’s Note and Acknowledgments

PART ONE

1 Journey’s End

2 River of Life

3 Lineage

4 Mr. Smith’s “Reconnoissance”

5 Birth and Despair

6 Suicide

7 Growing Up

8 Frank’s Journey

9 Th e Sovereign

10 Wellesley

11 Reports

12 Marriage

13 By Violence

14 Killing Mr. Bradley

PART TWO

15 A New Life

16 Conservationists

17 Rights

18 World War

19 Land Booms

20 The Galley Slave

21 Hurricanes

22 Stories

23 The Proposal

24 The Book Idea

25 The Park Idea

26 Dedications

PART THREE

27 An Unnecessary Drought

28 Perishing and Publishing

29 Grassroots

30 The Jetport

31 The Conversion

32 Regionalism and Environmentalism

33 Th e Kissimmee

34 Grand Dame

35 Justice and Equality

36 The Gathering Twilight

Epilogue: “Without Me”

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820330716
Author:
Davis, Jack E.
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Naturalists, Gardeners, Environmentalists
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Feminists -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Environmental History and the American South
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41 bandw photos
Pages:
764
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 2.87 lb

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