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In the popular imagination, the roots of environmentalism lie in actions undertaken at the beginning of the twentieth century to conserve the nation's natural resources and preserve its scenic wonders. To some extent, those who have chronicled environmentalism have reinforced this perception, often writing about the heroes who helped create national parks and save forests rather than considering fundamental trends. Although most make some mention of reformers who stressed curbing pollution and urban clean-up in the period after 1945, environmental histories rarely integrate the three strands of the movement into one comprehensive study.

In Preserving the Nation, Thomas Wellock explores the international, rural, and industrial roots of modern environmentalism that emerged in the last half of the nineteenth century--three related movements in response to a rapidly expanding economy and population that depleted the nation's resources, damaged land in rural areas, and blighted cities. The first group favored the conservation and efficient management of natural resources for production. The second, the preservationists, sought to protect scenic and wilderness areas and to sustain the spirit of the nation's pioneer heritage and virility. The third group, the urban environmentalists, sought reform to control industrial pollution and retard urban decay. Politically powerful and widely admired, resource management overshadowed the other two movements until the 1950s. After World War II, the two less-powerful strands of the movement, preservationism and urban environmentalism, wove into one, as the accelerating effects of affluence, scientific discovery, Cold War concerns, and suburbanization led the public to value outdoor amenities and a healthy environment. This renamed "environmental" movement focused less on efficient use of resources and more on creating healthy ecosystems and healthy people free of risks from pollution and hazardous wastes. By 1970, environmentalism enjoyed widespread popular support and bipartisan appeal.

What all three movements always shared was a common recognition of the limits of America's natural resources and environment, a belief in preserving them for generations to come, and a faith in at least some government environmental action rather than relying purely on private solutions. Not only does the history of these movements bring to light much about the expanding role of government in environmental regulation and the growth of the modern American state, but a look at environmental campaigns over the course of the twentieth century reveals a great deal about the racial, gender, and class divisions at work in the ongoing efforts to preserve the environment.

Accessible, insightful, and highly affordable, Preserving the Nation is a thought-provoking history of environmental politics.


"Preserving the Nation is by far the best survey we have of the history of environmental activism. Wellock has a knack for getting to the heart of issues. This should be a great book for students. And for scholars -- even though I'm familiar with almost all of the works he draws on, Wellock taught me a lot!"

Adam Rome, Penn State University

About the Author

Thomas R. Wellock is Associate Professor of History at Central Washington University. He is the author of Critical Masses: Opposition to Nuclear Power in California, 1958-78 and has published articles on the history of nuclear power in the West in The Journal of American History, The Journal of the West, and California History. In 2000, he was the recipient of Central Washington University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. His research interests are in the history of environmental politics, the American West, and the recent United States.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882952544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882952543
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,371,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YCRAM on August 11, 2013
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The previous reviewer noted that this is a synthesis ... that is the major strength of the book, and an important one. There is a dearth of environmental history texts that cover the period between 1920 and 1960; most simply assume that the environmental movement and reforms sprang like Athena from Rachel Carson's head. Unfortunately, when he gets past the 1970s, the author bares a thinly veiled contempt for what he terms "radical" elements, including "Deep Ecologists, ecofeminists, and environmental anarchists ..." To the extent that he couches these radical elements as alienating corporate interests and working class citizens, it's a fair cop. However, he continues to rail against anti-nuclear activists and gives a scant two sentences to the Three Mile Island incident. He goes further on to criticize the appropriate-technology movement, describing one activist "and his staff of hippies." He discusses Paul and Anne Ehrlich and the Club of Rome in an overall paragraph on "books predicting Armageddon." Again, there is a place for these critiques. Just be aware that his final chapter is dominated by them, such that it puts an interesting, yet distorted spin of the fall of the environmental left. If you are considering adopting this book for a course in environmental history (as I did), be sure to balance it out with other materials.
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By Jennifer on July 9, 2014
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This book provides a useful overview of the American environmental movement since the end of the Civil War.
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ike on March 12, 2009
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There's a positive review of this book, which I haven't read yet, at
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I have a list of overviews of the American environmental movement in the inside flap of a book I'm reading-- I think there must be a dozen so far.

but it's good to note, as this author does, that there isn't just ONE environmental movement, but many, all of which confusingly refer to themselves as THE green or environmental movement.

Here's a review excerpt:
"Wellock does not present any new or striking arguments in his study; what is new is the synthesis of scholarship from the past few decades into an overall narrative detailing the rise of the conservation and environmental movements. Much of the findings in this book will not be new to environmental historians, but instead this study serves as an updated textbook of sorts for younger scholars and students of environmental history. Preserving the Nation is a fairly short, compact book that reads well and will be useful for classes in environmental history, or as a succinct refresher for more experienced scholars."

I'd summarize this as a 4 star review, so that's what I gave it.
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