ESPM Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics. Prerequisite: Upper division course in history or history of science or a social science. A critical survey of classical and recent literature in the field of environmental history, philosophy, and ethics with special emphasis on the American environment.
Historian of Memory
Crime against nature - Wikipedia
Environmental historian Karl Jacoby restores memory. Personal memories help fuel his work, and historical memory shapes it. If, as is often said, history is written by the winners, the reason is that winners control our collective memory. They determine which documents are preserved and honored, which incidents are forgotten, and which are important. The problem is that, like the Communist officials in Milan Kundera's The Book of Laughter and Forgetting , this dominant narrative can airbrush out inconvenient facts and memories, particularly when it comes to the history of the American West.
Karl Jacoby Crimes Against Nature Summary
Jacoby, Karl. Berkeley: University of California Press, Through case studies of the conservation efforts at the Adirondack Mountains, Yellowstone Park and the Grand Canyon, he demonstrates the effects these protections had on those who already inhabited the land. Although his examination includes European settlers, it also shows how Indian tribes were hit hardest through the disruption of their daily lives through the development of national parks.
When we think of national parks like Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and the Adirondacks today, we consider them to be national treasures and the people and organizations that helped found them as environmental heroes. Professor Jonathan Cannon and Visiting Professor Dean Lueck commented on the book and Jacoby offered his own observations on the formation of the three parks at an April 3 event sponsored by the Program on Legal and Constitutional History. Jacoby's book paints a portrait of a top-down conservation movement, where the drive to create the national parks came from the wealthy, the federal government and some state governments, whereas locals often opposed or had mixed feelings about the creation of the parks because it often took away their hunting or fishing land.