Public And Environmental Affairs | American Environmental History
V450 | 8095 | Beider

AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY:  Beginning with views of nature as
expressed in a sample of American Indian cultures, the course explores
changing American attitudes and perceptions of gendered "Nature" and
technology.  After looking first at the colonial period, we then consider
the nineteenth century - the Romantic vision of nature, the founding of
urban and national parks and the rise of the "wilderness cult."  We next
turn to the twentieth century and the advent of environmental activism.
The course ends with a brief consideration of the environmental crisis
facing the twenty first century.