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Nature's Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology

Nature's Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology (Hardback)

By Barrow, Jr.

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The rapid growth of the American environmental movement in recent decades obscures the fact that long before the first Earth Day and the passage of the Endangered Species Act, naturalists and concerned citizens recognized - and worried about - the problem of human-caused extincti...on. As Mark V. Barrow Jr. reveals in Nature's Ghosts , the threat of species loss has haunted Americans since the early days of the republic. From Thomas Jefferson's day - when the fossil remains of such fantastic lost animals as the mastodon and the woolly mammoth were first reconstructed - through the pioneering conservation efforts of early naturalists like John James Audubon and John Muir, Barrow shows how Americans came to understand that it was not only possible for entire species to die out, but that humans themselves could be responsible for their extinction. With the destruction of the passenger pigeon and the precipitous decline of the bison, professional scientists and wildlife enthusiasts alike began to understand that even very common species were not safe from the juggernaut of modern industrial society. That realization spawned public education and legislative campaigns that laid the foundation for the modern environmental movement and the preservation of such iconic creatures as the bald eagle, the California condor, and the whooping crane. A sweeping, beautifully illustrated historical narrative that unites the fascinating stories of endangered animals and the dedicated individuals who have studied and struggled to protect them, Nature's Ghosts offers an unprecedented view of what we've lost - and a stark reminder of the hard work of preservation still ahead.
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ISBN 9780226038148
Released NZ 15 Oct 2009
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780226038148
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Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint University of Chicago Press
Released 15 Oct 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Barrow, Jr.
Category History
American History
Endangered Species & Extinction Of Species
Number of Pages 512
Dimensions Width: 161mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 36mm
Dewey Code 333.95220973
Weight 860g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Extinction (Biology), Wildlife conservation - United States - History, Endangered species - Law and legislation - United States - History
NBS Text Environment & Ecology: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade

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