The Quiet Crisis by Stewart L. Udall, John F. Kennedy

By Stewart L. Udall, John F. Kennedy

A landmark e-book within the historical past of the ecology/environmental flow within the usa, unfortunately released within the month of JFK's assassination, with this printing released the subsequent month after he used to be killed.

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The book provides more insight into the folk beliefs of the time than into the state of mind of the real Daniel Boone. Filson's Kentucke was a halfway house between the Garden of Eden and the Big Rock Candy Mountain. The soil was richer, the climate was "more temperate and healthy than other settled parts of America"; there were no marshes or swamps; wild game abounded; livestock could roam untended-and manna from heaven could be had for the asking. Filson's tales of Boone, like the legend of Paul Bunyan, helped fill his fellow Americans with optimism that made a paradise of any land to the West.

Why should they look at the land? they were Empire Builders: it was all in the bid and the asked and the ink on their books. • •• -ARCHIBALD MACLEISH "Wildwest" The Big Raid Dn resources began, in a sense, with mountain men and their beaver traps, and reached a series of high points in the last decades of the nineteenth century. Its first phase involved only the harm caused by primitive tools, but the second was linked to the machines of the industrial revolution, which made possible large-scale harvesting of resourcesand large-scale land damage.

Though Audubon never seems to have regretted The Stir of Conscience 55 his own big kills, in his later years he lashed out at the reckless raids on wildlife. He lamented the disappearance of deer in the East and denounced the "eggers of Labrador," who slaughtered sea birds for fish bait. " Audubon's work heightened American interest in nature, and stirred the protective instincts of sensitive men, He was not a moralizer, nor did he seek to organize a crusade, but he became a symbolic figure in the fight for the preservation of wildlife, and after his death the society organized in his name set up a continuing protest against the slaughter he abhorred.

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