Synopses & Reviews
The first balanced look at the evolution and significance of environmentalism, THE GREENING OF A NATION demonstrates the many attitudes Americans have held toward nature, as well as how these attitudes have created the social and cultural concerns of the post-1945 era. The text synthesizes the many facets of environmentalism in an even-handed manner, showing both the triumphs and shortcomings of the concept.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Abundance, Scarcity, Optimism, and Prosperity. 1. The Quiet Afterglow: Environment as an Upper-Class Phenomenon. 2. The Echo Park Controversy and The Resurgence: From the Colorado River Storage Project to the Wilderness Act of 1964. 3. Institutional Environmentalism: Federal Agencies and Their Publics. 4. Idealism, Utopianism, and the Newest Back-to-Nature Movement: the 1960s. 5. Environment Reaches the Government: NEPA, EPA, Earth Day, and the Rebirth of Bipartisan Political Support. 6. Risk and Culture: Nuclear Power, Hazardous Waste, the Superfund, and the Concept of "Environmental Justice". 7. Arch-Villain, Hero, or Consensus Buster? James Watt and the End of an Era.