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Author Jacoby, Karl, 1965- editor.

Title Crimes against nature : squatters, poachers, thieves, and the hidden history of American conservation / Karl Jacoby.

Publication Info. Berkeley : University of California Press, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    333.78 JAC    Available
Edition With a new afterword.
Description xix, 311 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, 1 map ; 23 cm.
text rdacontent
still image rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-297) and index.
Contents Forest: the Adirondacks -- Mountain: Yellowstone -- Desert: the Grand Canyon.
Summary "This Study of the Early American conservation movement reveals the hidden history of three of the nation's first parks: the Adirondacks, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. Karl Jacoby traces the effects that the criminalization of such traditional rural practices as hunting, fishing, and foraging had on country people in these areas. Despite the presence of new environmental regulations, poaching arson, and timber stealing became widespread among the Native Americans, poor whites, and others who had long relied on the natural resources now contained within conservation areas. Jacoby reassesses the nature of these "crimes," providing a rich and multifaceted portrayal of rural people and their relationship with the natural world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." "Crimes against Nature includes previously unpublished historical photographs depicting such subjects as poachers in Yellowstone and a Native American "squatters' camp" at the Grand Canyon. This study demonstrates the importance of considering class for understanding environmental history and opens a new perspective on the social history of rural and poor people a century age."--Jacket of 2001 edition.
Subject National parks and reserves -- Social aspects -- United States.
Nature conservation -- Social aspects -- United States.
National parks and reserves -- United States -- History.
ISBN 0520282299

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